Tag Archives: Rescue One

Firefighter David Weiss

When a man careened off the FDR Drive and plunged into the East River, David Weiss stopped his car and dove into. He knew he was the man’s only hope and he saved him – even though the victim’s heart … Continue reading

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Firefighter Brian Sweeney

Firefighter Brian Sweeney, 29, got his dream assignment to Rescue 1 in late July, 2001, after six years in the department. He was studying hard for the lieutenant’s exam he never got to take that October.
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Firefighter Patrick O’Keefe

The O’Keefe Foundation was created to honor the memory of Firefighter Patrick O’Keefe of Rescue 1. Each September in the waters off the south shore of Long Island, they organize the Spirit Riders Regatta and the Memorial Paddle Out (for … Continue reading

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Firefighter Gerard Nevins

Gerard Nevins, 46, spent 18 years with the FDNY, gathering quite a collection of medals and citations along the way. But when he went home to his wife and two young boys in Campbell Hall, NY, he was a gentleman … Continue reading

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Firefighter Michael Montesi

Michael Montessi got his first fire helmet at age 5. He spent 15 years as a volunteer firefighter on Long Island before finally getting called up by the FDNY in 1988. He was very handy, inventive and mechanical. He made … Continue reading

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Firefighter Kenneth Marino

Kenneth Marino’s wife and two little kids (3 and 1) visited him at Rescue 1 early on the morning of September 11. They left just before the call came in.
 Kenny Marino, 40, had been a firefighter for 20 years … Continue reading

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Firefighter William Henry

Firefighter William Henry, 49, had spent two decades in the department. For many years he was assigned to Ladder 24 before moving over to Rescue 1. Nicknamed “Buddy,” he loved to use his vacations for travel – often to places … Continue reading

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Firefighter Gary Geidel

Gary Geidel, 44, was working as much overtime as he could. He was just two weeks from retiring after a 20-year career with the FDNY. Even so, by the time he arrived at Rescue 1 for his overtime day shift, … Continue reading

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Firefighter Joseph Angelini, Sr.

John F. Kennedy was president when Joseph Angelini Sr became a firefighter. The oldest active duty member of the FDNY was 63, had almost 40 years on the job, and never ever ever wanted to retire. On 9/11, temporarily assigned … Continue reading

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Lt. Dennis Mojica

Lt. Dennis Mojica has one of the biggest smiles of any of the 343 in his official photograph. This 50-year-old was a 29-year FDNY veteran. He came to the department after six years in the Navy. Engaged to be married … Continue reading

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