By Peter Haskell

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There were 343 New York City firefighters killed on 9/11 and despite understanding the risks and the heartache, many have stayed on the job because of their passion and commitment.

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Being a firefighter isn’t just about the job, but about the life.

“It becomes not just what you do, it’s who you are,” said fire lieutenant Joe Huber.

Huber feels the most important thing is the brotherhood.

“It has everything to do with the people who you live with and learn from and when you see and respect as a young guy, the older guys that have been in it a long time, you see their life and think that’s something that I could aspire to,” said Huber.

Huber has been a firefighter for 27 years after he left his job as a teacher.

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