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  • E40FDNYL35
    Firefighter Steve Mercado ENGINE 40

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  • E40FDNYL35
    4 more remembered
    and PAUL H.B. SHIN
    Daily News Staff Writers

    Four more of the city's Bravest who perished at the World Trade Center were remembered for their valor yesterday, as family and friends consoled one another with warm embraces against chilly winds.
    Thousands of firefighters from as far away as Chicago turned out to honor their fallen brethren, who ranged from a probie granted his diploma posthumously to highly decorated veterans.
    "There's no possible way to describe the losses that New York City is suffering," Mayor Giuliani said at a service for Lt. Vincent Halloran at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. It was the first of two standing-room-only tributes at St. Patrick's Cathedral yesterday for high-ranking firefighters.
    Vincent Halloran, 43, of Ladder Co. 8 in Tribeca, died Sept. 11 while evacuating the north tower.
    "Lt. Halloran died a hero, a fallen warrior," Giuliani said of the firefighter who celebrated his 20th anniversary with the FDNY on Sept. 5.
    On behalf of all New Yorkers, Giuliani thanked Halloran's wife, Marie, and five sons, ages 2 to 15, four of whom served as altar boys yesterday.
    Larry Mack, a life-long friend and fellow firefighter, spoke of Halloran's zest for life and his love for his men.
    "Vinnie was like a shepherd leading his flock," Mack said.
    Hearts Leapt at His Name
    The mournful sound of bagpipes and drums echoed down Fifth Ave. again in the afternoon for Capt. Patrick Brown of Ladder Co. 3, who would have turned 49 yesterday.
    A 21-year veteran of the FDNY, Brown was among the most decorated active firefighters in the city. He was a black belt in karate and a former Marine who was awarded the Silver Star for his service in Vietnam.
    Michael Moran, a fellow firefighter at Brown's Union Square firehouse, said that because of Brown's stellar reputation, he expected to meet someone who was "8 feet tall."
    "Paddy Brown wasn't that big, but his heart was," Moran said, choking up. "All he cared about was the contents of your character."
    Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen said Brown was "not just a hero, but a warrior."
    "All of us are better for having known Paddy, and some of us were privileged to have his friendship," Von Essen said.
    Even though Brown was a "larger-than-life figure," Giuliani said, "he kept his feet on the ground. He was humble despite all he accomplished."
    Brown, a bachelor, caught the eye of women in the neighborhood, said Daily News columnist Michael Daly, who spoke at the funeral, noting that their "hearts leapt at the name Paddy Brown."
    L.I. Lacrosse Star — & Dad
    At a ceremony outside St. Patrick's Church in Smithtown, L.I., Firefighter Kenneth Watson, of Engine Co. 214 was mourned in a moving two-hour tribute capped off by a police helicopter flyover.
    During his funeral Mass, Watson, 38, of Smithtown, was remembered for doting on his family, his dedication to work and his warm sense of humor.
    Watson's eldest son helped carry his father's coffin from the church. Another son cradled the fallen firefighter's helmet, while a third donned his dad's formal uniform cap.
    Watson died with three other members of Engine Co. 214 in Manhattan. His body was recovered from the World Trade Center rubble weeks after the terrorist attack.
    "He lived each day to the max. Kenny touched so many of us," Eric Theiss, a city cop and high school friend of Watson's, told the hundreds of mourners.
    Then, choking on his words through sobs, he spoke to Watson's two youngest sons, Gary, 8, and Christopher, 7. "You hold onto your daddy's memories and make sure you tell everyone about your dad. And be proud."
    As a youth, Watson starred in lacrosse for Smithtown West High School. He set school scoring records that stood until his son Ken, 20, broke them two years ago.
    He started dating his wife during his senior year.
    "Kenny could have went to college on scholarship to play lacrosse," Sue Watson said in a letter read in church by her sister, Kim Strobel. "But instead, we decided to get married and play house."
    The couple went on to have four children, including 16-year-old Angela.
    Lived to Rescue Others
    Firefighter Richard Allen, 31, of Ladder Co. 15, was no stranger to saving lives even before he became a firefighter, according to family and friends gathered for a memorial service at St. Francis De Sales Church in Belle Harbor, Queens.
    Before he joined the FDNY this year, he was a teacher and a lifeguard who patrolled the shores of the Rockaways.
    "He found and rescued people who were lost and could not see the shore," said Msgr. Martin Gearty, who officiated at the service attended by some 3,000 firefighters and other uniformed officers.
    Allen was one of six probies who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11. He was awarded his diploma posthumously on Nov. 1. As a chilly breeze blew over the Rockaways, a color guard presented an American flag to Allen's parents, Richard and Gail.
    Friends and family remembered Allen as "a guy who had winning smile and a big heart."
    "I believe Richie became a fireman because it gave him life," said his sister, Judy Aiken. "He didn't do it because it was macho or cool. He did it because he wanted to help save people."
    Allen started swimming at Archbishop Molloy HS in Queens, eventually earning a diving scholarship to college.
    "He excelled in everything he did and made it look easy," Aiken said.
    "The beach was a peaceful place for him. It brought him comfort. It was his heaven on Earth," she said.
    Allen's squad, Ladder Co. 15 from South St. Seaport, lost 14 firefighters in the Sept. 11 disaster.
    Allen's uncle, Firefighter Bobby McGuire, said he has spent every day since then looking for his lost nephew. His remains have yet to be recovered.
    With Nicole Bode

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  • Loren Davis
    Hello all,

    Don Ricci, a local firefighter with Santa Rosa Fire Department, is also an artist who has created a limited set of lithographs to honor our fallen. (www.srff.org)

    My department has purchased one of the "Dedication Series" prints. Each print is hand caligraphied with the name of one of the fallen. We have "adopted" Lt. Rob Regan. Once we have the print framed we will hang it in our front office.

    What I would like to ask for is a photograph of Lt. Regan that we could display with the lithograph and perhaps a bio. I would like to put a face and a life history with this.

    Best regards,

    Loren Davis
    Kenwood Fire Protection District
    [email protected]

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  • E40FDNYL35

    Firefighter Steve Mercado Engine 40
    Memorial Service 1100 hours Saturday, November 10, 2001 Holy Family Church1071 Castle Hill Ave.Bronx, New York

    Firefighter Michael Roberts Ladder 35
    Memorial Visitation Sunday, November 11, 20011500 to 1700 hours & 1900 to 2100 hours Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home100 Franklin Ave.Pearl River, NY 10965(845) 735-2161 Memorial Service 1100 hours Monday, November 12, 2001 Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary 469 Western Highway Blauvelt, NY 10913(845) 359-5800
    The New York Daily NEWS

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  • insidefirefighting
    God Bless Each and every member of the brothers family. My heart goes out to you.

    William Patton
    Webmaster http://www.insidefirefighting.com

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  • If you are coming to New York 11/18 …PLEASE HELP US HONOR OUR BROTHERS


    World Trade Center Wakes, Funerals & Memorial Services

    Friday 11/16/01
    Firefighter - Michael J. Otten - Ladder 35
    AND MY BEST FRIEND, Mike's Father and Grand Father both where on the job. Mike was a Father of 3 boys 11,8,and 5 PLEASE TURN OUT FOR HIS SERVICE
    Memorial Service
    1115 hours
    Friday, November 16, 2001
    The Parish of St. Cyril and
    Methodius Church
    125 Half Hollow Rd.
    Deer Park, NY 11729
    (631) 667-4044

    Lieutenant Michael Esposito - Squad 1 - Memorial Service
    Firefighter John Burnside - Ladder 20 - Memorial
    Firefighter Leonard Ragaglia - Engine 54 - Memorial Service
    Battalion Chief Joseph Grzelak - Battalion 48 - Memorial Visitation/Service
    Firefighter Eric Olsen - Ladder 15 - Memorial Visitation/Service
    Lieutenant Robert Nagel - Engine 58 - Memorial Visitation/Service

    Saturday 11/17/01
    Battalion Chief Joseph Grzelak - Battalion 48 - Memorial Visitation/Service
    Firefighter Leonard Ragaglia - Engine 54 - Memorial Service
    Firefighter Eric Olsen - Ladder 15 - Memorial Service
    Lieutenant Robert Nagel - Engine 58 - Memorial Service
    Firefighter Tarel Coleman - Squad 252 - Memorial Service
    Firefighter Keith Glascoe - Ladder 21 - Memorial Service


    Monday 11/19/01
    Firefighter Salvatore Calabro - Ladder 101 - Memorial Visitation/Service

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