Firefighter Kevin Bracken

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“Drive fast. Take chances.” Time after time, these were the parting words of Firefighter Kevin Bracken to his friends. This lucky man had once walked away from his flipped over car with nary a scratch. On the golf course, a shot into the trees ricocheted back onto the fairway. His friends called it the “Bracken Bounce.” This 8-year FDNY veteran, a member of Engine 40, was “the most optimistic person (she) ever encountered,” according to his wife.

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