Hector L. Tirado‚ Jr.‚ 30‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Engine 23. A former EMT and Army veteran‚ Tirado was drawn to the FDNY by the opportunity to help people. He was used to challenges and the responsibility of caring for others. After his parents died when he was a teenager‚ Tirado cared for and eventually became legal guardian to his three younger siblings. Later‚ he worked hard raising his own children. Good-looking as well as hardworking‚ Tirado was a part-time model.