Kenneth Watson, 39, was an ironworker for 8 years building skyscrapers in New York while he waited for a slot to open in the FDNY. His father had been a firefighter. No fan of paperwork, Watson was happy being part of the rank and file and never sought a promotion.
He loved camping and regularly went with his four kids or other firefighters. He loved the “down and dirty” of it. He also loved to hunt deer.
He and his wife became high school sweethearts at 15.