Paul V. ‘Paulie’ Warhola was born January 3‚ 1962‚ in Middle Village‚ Queens‚ to Paul and Mary Warhola‚ the second of six children. Paul married his childhood sweetheart‚ Arleen Jeannette Rodriguez‚ on November 18‚ 1993‚ on the beaches of Kona‚ on the big island of Hawaii. They welcomed Paul Jr.‚ on Father’s Day of 1994‚ and Tiana Rose on March 22‚ 1996. Paul’s wife and children were the joys of his life.
Paul loved to spend time with his family‚ always looking to have adventures on his days off. He was an outdoorsman in every sense of the word‚ once catching a 450-pound Mako off the coast of Freeport‚ Long Island. Living on Long Island and loving the ocean as Paul did‚ his family spent many wonderful hours on Paul’s boat‚ The Tiana Rose. Paul would take his children tubing‚ often retreating to ‘Warhola Beach‚’ a small island in Moriches Bay. Those moments shared there have left an indelible mark on the memory of his family.
Paul came from a line of firefighters‚ so moving into that profession was in many ways a part of his destiny. ‘Paulie‚’ as he was known in the firehouse‚ was appointed to Engine Company 221 on January 16‚ 1994. A great firefighter and engine chauffer‚ Paulie’s fellow firefighters have described him as dedicated‚ loyal‚ and an excellent chef. But most importantly‚ he will be remembered as a firefighter who was devoted to the FDNY and who never elaborated on his heroics and bravery.
Paulie’s family will miss his stability‚ authority‚ love and‚ most of all‚ his humor. He brought so much joy into the Warhola family‚ and the hole he has left can never be filled. His fellow firefighters and brothers will miss his outlook on life‚ his mentoring on the job‚ his knowledge of construction‚ and his fishing expertise. Although Paul is not with us physically‚ he is still with us. He is there for us to gain strength from. He has set examples for us to live by‚ and his spirit will always be alive in each of us.
The Bible tells us‚ ‘Greater love hath no man than this‚ that a man lay down his life for his fellow man.’ Never has a passage been more appropriate than when looking at the life and death of Paul Warhola. His success as a firefighter was only surpassed by his success as a father and husband. Always humble‚ always lighthearted‚ always the authority‚ Paul was our foundation. At that core were humility‚ courage‚ and integrity. We miss him dearly every day. In the immortal words of Paul Warhola‚ ‘Take Care‚ and Comb Your Hair.’