John P. Napolitano‚ 33‚ lieutenant‚ FDNY‚ Rescue 2. Napolitano began his firefighting career at age 17 as a Junior Volunteer with the Lakeland Volunteer Fire Department. Over 16 years of service‚ he became its youngest chief and‚ eventually‚ its commissioner. In his 10 years with the FDNY‚ Napolitano became a certified paramedic and was scuba-trained for water rescue. Despite the seriousness with which he approached his work‚ Napolitano was known for his smile and his sense of humor. Outside the firehouse‚ his life revolved around his wife and two young daughters.
John received a great many awards and citations. But more important‚ he was an excellent husband‚ father‚ and the greatest son a father could ever hope for.