Patrick Lyons, 34, got the call the night before for an overtime shift on 9/11. He accepted. He and his wife had been putting finishing touches on the nursery they were readying for the son that arrived in the world on October 7th.
Lyons loved fishing and clamming and would lose sleep to rise at 3AM to head to the water. He had a reputation as the entrepreneur in the family.
His father was a retired FDNY lieutenant and Lyons followed him into the profession in 1990. Both spontaneous and a planner, he studied for the lieutenant’s exam and started a limousine business as a backup. He was very competitive “yet he never allowed the contest to take over. A life without fun wasn’t worth much to him.”