Firefighter Joseph Angelini, Jr.

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There is only one set of father and son among the 343. Given how many sons follow their firefighter fathers into this career, they might not have been the only ones, but they were. Joseph Angelini, Jr., 38, of Ladder 4, was a 7-year veteran. He was raised to be a firefighter. It took four years between applying for the job and being accepted, but when he was, it “was the proudest day” for his father. Joe Sr., also shared carpentry with his son, and they often worked on projects together. Joe Jr., who had three small children, was building a dollhouse for one of his daughters that he never had the chance to finish.

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