My husband Joe was a dedicated 40 year member of the Fire Department of N.Y. He was a member of Rescue 1 (Manhattan) for 22 years. He loved his job and dreaded retirement. He was the oldest active firefighter in NY City‚ a kind‚ compassionate‚ loving husband‚ father‚ grandfather‚ a real family man‚ to us and his fire department ‘family.’ He had many citations for bravery and was called a hero of 9/11‚ but he was always a hero to those of us who loved him. He is sadly and greatly missed by me‚ our four children and seven grandchildren‚ and all his family. Gone but never forgotten.