As we’ve shared before, DC Jay Jonas (in his Division 7 newsletter) has shared some excellent stories-and opportunities for us to all learn.
Jay’s latest piece (link is attached) features the late Pete Ganci, Chief of Department, who was killed on 9/11.
You may have recently heard Pete’s name as the FDNY has renamed it’s highest heroic medal (which was called the James Gordon Bennett Medal) and is now called the Chief Peter J. Ganci Medal.
…TRUST US ON THIS: please take a few to read Jay’s writing about Pete as well as a section on The World Trade Center VS The Empire State Building…
Peter J. Ganci Jr. was born on October 27, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY. There were six children in his family and Pete was the second oldest. His family moved to Long Island at the age of four. As a youngster, he loved the water that surrounded the island. His family’s house was next to his cousins’ house. This allowed them to play baseball at the drop of a hat.
Pete did odd jobs when he wasn’t playing baseball or helping his father at their feed store. At the age of sixteen, he met a man named Tony Liotta. Tony was nine years older than Pete and had been a Firefighter in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for about three years. He was assigned to Engine 18 in Manhattan. Tony told Pete of the thrilling aspects of being a firefighter. This was a pivotal point in Pete’s life. Their discussions ignited a desire in Pete to become a firefighter. Pete and his friend Dan Nickola joined the Farmingdale Volunteer Fire Department (where he remained a member until his death on 9/11). This further peaked Pete’s desire to become a career Firefighter….
(the entire story is continued via the link which not only features the story of Chief Ganci, but also a very interesting section entitled: The World Trade Center vs The Empire State Building)
With Friday being the 19th Anniversary of the 9/11 the attacks on our nation, this is a perfect piece to read-and share.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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