A quiet person who was happier doing things than talking about them, Firefighter Kenneth Kumpel’s presence was manifested in his beautiful craftsmanship — and the pranks he played.
Bill was a member of the NYC Fire Department for three years. He was referred to as Super Probie at his Ladder Company 21. He rode to work on his bicycle to and from his home in Bayside to NYC-17 miles
Scott Michael Kopytko‚ age 32‚ attended St. John’s University where he received a Bachelor of Science‚ was a member of the honor society‚ and was one semester away from completing his Master’s in Finance.
Bobby was born to Robert and Audrey King on March 24, 1965 in Mineola, New York. Bobby’s early years were spent on Long Island; however, his family has long had a connection to the Ellenville area having spent summers and weekends here.
Michael arrived into this world on December 5th 1975 to the joy of his parents Pat and Bud. His ultimate goal of being a FDNY firefighter started in the first years of his short but meaningful life.
Thomas J. Kennedy had the sort of welcoming face that babies and children love. Wherever he went, they would try to make friends. “He would treat kids as if they were adults,” said a brother, Bob. “Then he could play the kid himself, at the same time.”
In September 1981‚ Ron became a firefighter for the FDNY. He worked in E275 for 10 years and then worked for L126 for 2 years. He was promoted to Fire Marshal in 1993 and in September 1997‚ he was promoted to Lieutenant.
Everything about Thomas R. Kelly’s life springs from his summers in Riverhead on Long Island. He spent all his vacations in a family bungalow there, riding his bike to the beach and swimming.
As a 20-year-old apprentice in the steamfitters’ union, one of Thomas W. Kelly’s first assignments took him to the World Trade Center. It was 1970, and what would become New York City’s most prominent landmark was climbing upwards.
Fun-loving, carefree, gentle and kind, his free spirit was always on display, particularly when he played the “boom bah” — an odd musical contraption that resembles a pogo stick with cymbals, a cow bell and various other percussive instruments attached. Richard played the boom bah at firehouse functions, weddings, dances and bar mitzvahs.