NEVER FORGET: Fallen 9/11 Hero's Kids Joining FDNY in 2019
The historic group of at least 16 “legacy” probationary firefighters also includes the son of an NYPD officer killed on 9/11, and the sons of two firefighters who died due to illness linked to their rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero.
This FDNY class has the most “legacy” members since 9/11, though dozens of other sons — and one daughter — have previously joined the force, said spokesman Jim Long.
Widow Heloiza Asaro said she is “very proud” that her son, Marc, 25, and daughter, Rebecca, 27, are joining siblings Matthew Asaro, 30, and Carl, 31, in the FDNY. She continued:
“Being that they are the youngest, I’m more concerned. They wanted to honor their father, to help people like he did. Even if he hadn’t died, they would have become firefighters. Since they were little kids, the fireman was Santa Claus. The fireman organized the picnics.”
“Bravery runs in these extraordinary families who have sacrificed so much for our city. I’m proud of the commitment these probies have already demonstrated to the department and look forward to celebrating with them at their graduation,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
“I think it’s a great tribute to their dads,” said Gerard Fitzgerald, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “It’s quite inspirational to hear that they’re following in their fathers’ footsteps.”
The FDNY barred the probies from speaking with reporters pending their graduation ceremony Sept. 24, but relatives were elated.
Twenty-two-year-old James Foti, son of Robert Joseph Foti of Ladder Co. 7, is thrilled that his older brother Robert, who just turned 27, is joining the FDNY in honor of their father:
“I know he’s happy. He can’t wait to start the next chapter in his life. When he got in, I got real emotional. It was always about joining the FDNY.”
The other sons of fallen firefighters and an NYPD officer are:
Matthew Jovic, son of Lt. Anthony Jovic, of Engine Co. 279, Brooklyn
Peter J. Carroll, son of Peter Carroll, FDNY Squad 1, Brooklyn
Scott B. Larsen, son of Scott Andrew Larsen‚ Ladder 163, Queens
Gregory Kumpel, son of Kenneth B. Kumpel, Ladder Co. 25, Manhattan
Brendan Regan, son of Lt. Rober Regan, Engine 205/Ladder 118, Brooklyn
John C. Fischer, son of Capt. John R. Fischer, Ladder 20, SoHo
Manny Mojica, son of Manuel Mojica Jr.‚ Squad 18, Manhattan
Michael Florio, son of John Joseph Florio, Engine 214, Brooklyn
John R. Leahy, son of NYPD Officer James P. Leahy, 6th Precinct, Greenwich Village, Robert Tilearcio Jr., son of Robert Tilearcio Sr., Engine 266, Far Rockaway, who died of brain cancer in 2017