Lt. Robert Wallace

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Based with Engine 205, Lt. Robert Wallace was the covering officer for Engine 226 on 9/11, so he responded with DeRubbio, McAleese and Smagala. In an odd twist of fate, all the men who responded with Engine 205 survived that day but I’ll tell that tale in the next listing. 

Robert Wallace was a 43-year-old third generation FDNY firefighter. His son is now fourth generation FDNY. Appointed to the FDNY in 1982, Lt. Wallace had almost 20 years on the job. A favorite parting line to his family was “I’m going to go fight fires and save the people of New York.” He seems to also be remembered for the habit he had of getting people to look up at the sky. It made him laugh every time when they did.

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