Stanley S. Smagala‚ Jr.‚ 36‚ was a firefighter with Engine 226 in Brooklyn. Smagala was the youngest of seven children and joined the FDNY with his older brother Jim. At the firehouse‚ Smagala was known for his high spirits and competence on the job. He enjoyed golf and softball and was a whiz at ping-pong. Smagala and his wife Dena were eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child. Their daughter‚ Alexa Faith‚ was born on January 9‚ 2002‚ a beautiful blue-eyed‚ blonde-haired baby just like her Daddy.
Stan enjoyed life and he helped others enjoy theirs. He was simply someone people wanted to be around. Always touching other people’s lives‚ making them laugh and smile‚ finding the light among the darkness–that was Stan.