William L. Henry Jr.‚ 49‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Rescue 1. Known as Buddy to his friends‚ the personable two-decade FDNY veteran spent his free time traveling‚ playing paddle tennis‚ and lending a hand to others. While at Ladder 24‚ he volunteered in the nearby St. Francis of Assisi Church soup kitchen. His off-hours work as a contractor also came in handy on the job‚ where he often solved electrical problems at the scene of a rescue.
He loved every part of the job – the rescues‚ fighting fires‚ being with the fellows. He never went to work late. It was what he did best.