The Fire Department of New York lined the streets during the wake for a fallen hero and colleague who died tackling a blaze on a movie set.
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Neil J. Leavy always wanted to be where the action was. His dream came true when he was assigned to Engine 217 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the busiest firehouses in the city. A firefighter, first grade, he served the department for nearly five years and received two unit citations for bravery.
Joseph G. Leavey was born on November 13th‚ 1955 to Mary and Joseph Leavey and grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan. He attended Good Shepherd Grammar School graduating in June of 1969 and the former Power Memorial Academy where he graduated as class valedictorian in June of 1973.
The dented old car parked by Engine Co. 55’s firehouse didn’t look like much to the Secret Service. They wanted every vehicle within a 10-block radius cleared before President George W. Bush visited the Little Italy company, three weeks after the terrorist attack.
Dave LaForge was a 24 year veteran of the FDNY. While he waited to get on to the fire department‚ he drove for North American Van Lines‚ which prepared him for his job‚ his love – driving Ladder 20 from her Lafayette Street fire house in Soho to wherever the call came from.
Tommy K. was a fine carpenter, so the guys happily let him build a steam room in Squad 252’s firehouse. Tommy K. was also a fine cook, but the guys almost body-blocked him from the kitchen: not tofu and vegetables, again, man, please!