Thomas Gambino, 48, was a New York City firefighter for 17 years. Gambino was a union delegate and a devout Catholic who attended Latin mass every week.

This father to two sons loved to sit on the beach at Robert Moses State Park and watch them surf the waves. He lifted weights and ran distance but he didn’t surf.

His son, Thomas Gambino III, is now an FDNY firefighter. While in training he has said that he thought about his father every day, that he was his motivation.