Lt. Joseph Gullickson, 37, was a 13-year FDNY veteran just days away from his 5th wedding anniversary. With the NYPD for three years before joining the FDNY, that September Gullickson was studying for his Captain’s test. “He was the best drill giver that we had,” said Lt. Mike Delgrosso. “He knew everything.”
Gullickson played in the FDNY basketball league. He loved country music and books, especially history. The light of his life was his two young daughters, just one and three. On the side, Gullickson had a lawn sprinkler business that he ran with one of his brothers. Inherited from their dad, this specialized company installed underground sprinklers for sites that included Gracie Mansion & New York’s Museum of Natural History.
His three brothers spent the first nine days after 9/11 on the pile searching. I believe Gullickson’s remains are among the 1000 or so who have not yet been found.