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Firefighter Durrell Pearsall

Durrell Pearsall, 34, was called “Bronko.” At 6’2” and 285 pounds, he could bench press 455 “easily.” He dreamed of becoming a fireman from an early age. Following in his father’s footsteps, he began his career as a volunteer with … Continue reading

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Firefighter Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson, 42, had 15 years with  the FDNY, all spent at Ladder 151. He was transferred to Rescue 4 only in July. His father was a retired FDNY assistant chief. Both his father and brother were firefighters and Nelson … Continue reading

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Firefighter William Mahoney

William J. Mahoney II, 37, was a 15-year FDNY veteran. Mahoney had previously worked as a NYPD scuba diver, skills he also used with the FDNY, assisting with the search and recovery effort after the crash of TWA Flight 800. … Continue reading

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Firefighter Terrence Farrell

Terrence Farrell, 45, was the father of two. As a transit police officer, Farrell had specialized in disasters, excellent preparation for joining Rescue 4. When Farrell first joined the FDNY, his blood was added to a donor bank for possible … Continue reading

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Firefighter Peter Brennan

Peter Brennan, 30, began his firefighting career at 16 when he joined the Lakeland Volunteer Fire Department. The Hauppauge Fire Department awarded him the 2000 “Medal of Valor.” More recently, he’d stopped at a fire and – still in street … Continue reading

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Lt. Kevin Dowdell

Lt. Kevin Dowdell was 20 years in and didn’t want to retire. He loved Rescue 4. He never put in for captain because he didn’t want to leave Rescue. “I’d rather be a happy lieutenant,” he often said. In the … Continue reading

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Capt. Brian Hickey

  Capt. Brian Hickey, 47, had a 20-year career with the FDNY, a captain since 1998. His next promotion was posthumous. Hickey was also an instructor in the Nassau County Fire Academy, and a fire commissioner in Bethpage where he … Continue reading

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