Paul was the loving father of two young sons and a beloved and cherished son‚ brother‚ grandson‚ stepson‚ nephew‚ and cousin. Paul always had a sweet nature‚ generous spirit and a kind soul. He was always available to lend a hand to his family and many friends.
It was those very qualities that led him to live his life serving and protecting others. In 1998‚ Paul fulfilled his dream and became a brave and proud member of New York’s bravest – the FDNY. On September 11th‚ he was assigned to Engine 54 (Ladder 4‚ Battalion 9)‚ Manhattan – the Pride of the Midtown – one of the first responding units to the World Trade Center. All 15 firefighters from Paul’s house perished that day.
Paul was a wrestling champion while in high school and loved and excelled at sports of all kinds. He loved the outdoors: hiking‚ the beach‚ rollerblading. Paul was also an extremely talented artist and a gifted poet.
His legacy will live on in his final brave and selfless act‚ his many works of art and poems‚ and in the hearts of the loved ones he left behind‚ who will forever mourn his passing‚ but who will also forever celebrate his life.