FDNY Firefighters Say With Risk Of The Job Comes Passion, Commitment

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.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

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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  • A Proud Daughter

    NYC- On October 17,1966 – 23rd Street Fire- 12 Brave Firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty:

    DC Thomas A. Reilly, BC Walter J. Higgins, LT John J. Finley, LT Joseph Priore, FF William F. Mccarron, FF John G. Berry, FF Joseph Kelly, FF Bernard A. Tepper, FF Carl Lee, FF Rudolph Kaminsky, FF Daniel Rey, and FF James V. Galanaugh.

    They left widows and children, young and old. There was no racial/social calculation to choose who would live and who would die.

    My father was only in his early thirties.A big kid at heart. He did not get to see his children grow up. He did not dance at our wedding. He never got to meet his grandchildren.

    Does his race matter? Death does not discriminate.

  • Hank Staley

    10 years later and they are still milking it for everything they can.

    • MikeD

      Burn in your ignorance!!!

  • Al

    I don’t hear anyone complaining about the color of the fireman after they have been rescued.

  • E holder

    Land pirates

  • Fran

    Leave us alone. We are heroes

  • Wilson

    Firefighters are losers no matter what color they are

    • T

      You remember that when you are in need of help or rescue. Maybe the person you are calling a loser will save your life or your family.

  • thecrow
  • anonymous

    Racism and exclusionary practices in FDNY hiring is an historic fact. Period. All efforts now being made to rectify that are good and right. End of story. How in the world does calling anyone names fix anything? Try leaving the rest of the opinionated nonsense out of it.

  • New Yorker

    The Firefighters test is the same for everyone. If you can pass the test and score well on the written, you can be a firefighter no matter what color you are. I wouldn’t care the race of the person pulling me out of a burning building. You want more minorities on the force? Tell ’em to study for the test.

    • T

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!! If you are not smart enough to pass the test, you are not smart enough for the job. PERIOD! Just as with any other job, you need to be qualified!!!

  • Bman

    FDNY needs some more African Americans and Latinos who are athletcially superior to fat, lazy white italian and Irsh guys dominating the dept.. More lives would be saved!

    • T

      FDNY needs qualified people, not minorities who complain they can’t pass the test, but should be hired anyway. You pass the test, you get the job. You don’t pass the test, you don’t get the job. I want a qualified person to help me when I need help, not someone who got the job because of the color of their skin.

    • MikeD

      Then who would we have left for welfare?

  • tommyr

    and a nice fat pension

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