Manuel Delvalle Jr., 32, was the only member of Engine 5 to not make it safely out of the North Tower on 9/11. One story has Manny last seen on the 10th floor offering oxygen to an evacuee. He joined the FDNY in 1994 and by 9/11 had the goal of becoming a lieutenant. According to his family, Manny was a guy who never put off until tomorrow what could be done today. His organizational skills were legendary.
Very proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, he enlisted Engine Co. 5 to participate in New York City’s boisterous Puerto Rican Day parade. A lover of Latin music, Delvalle was taking advanced salsa classes.