Firefighter Paul Keating

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Paul Keating, 38, performed his first life-saving rescue just weeks after graduating the academy in 1995, but it was from water not fire. A strong swimmer, he pulled a drowning man from the ocean in New Jersey, administered CPR, and saved his life. Living right behind Ten House across from the WTC, Keating was awakened on the morning of 9/11 by the sound of the first plane crashing into Tower One.  Assigned to Ladder 5, he was off duty that day, but went to 10 House to get gear. He called his sister to say he was okay and was going to the WTC to “help his brothers.” When his family returned to his apartment later, all the windows were blown out and thick dust covered everything in sight.
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