Submitted by his mother
My son Richard served 10 years on the NYFD and he loved his job. He was trained in and taught safety procedures to fellow firefighters.
He was compassionate‚ loving‚ caring‚ and never said no when someone asked for his help.
When he started in 1994‚ his first house was Squad 18 in New York but he said he wanted a busier house somewhere where he could do more……and so he transferred to Ladder 103 in Brooklyn‚ N.Y. which was certainly one of the busiest houses we have. He was happy there‚ although he talked about his friends back in Squad 18 a lot‚ and how he did miss them.
He lost his life in the line of duty in a basement fire searching for a 5 year old child. I miss him deeply and as time goes by I miss him even more. His sister JoAnn and he were very close‚ he was her friend‚ confidant‚ advisor – he was her only brother.
He is my son.