It is with honour today that I remember Joseph Maffeo. He was a young 30 year old firefighter. Serving with the New York City Fire-service Department Ladder Co. 101 Red Hook, Brooklyn. He was killed 5 years ago today at the World Trade Centre. Although I never got to know Joesph personally I will never forget him and others who lose their lives that day.
Joesph was a romantic and loved his wife Linda deeply. He came from a family of 5 children he was the youngest and only son of Jean and Louis Maffeo. Joseph followed in his father’s footsteps. Louis was a retired fire department captain. Joseph was a proud, attentive and devoted father of the then 11 month old son Christopher. At the time he was studying to be a lieutenant so he could give Linda and Christopher a better life. When not not fighting fires Joey enjoyed working with wood, sometimes he’d help his brother-in-law who was a builder. He loved playing with Christopher and also enjoyed scuba diving.
Although Joseph could have done anything he wanted with his life his passion was to be a firefighter. In 1995 he joined the fire department. He was a conscientious, dedicated, hard-worker and valued member of the department often using his skills he had gained through getting his degree in geographical information and spatial analysis to lend a hand a hand around the department. He was a handyman. His nickname was Joey Pockets as he had so many pockets sewn into his bunker gear for gadgets. He carried a black duffel bag with rope, gloves, water and a can of tuna. He was prepared for anything.
Today my thoughts are with Linda, Christopher and Joey’s family and friends. I pray that through the pain they feel the love and comfort that comes from the Lord. Joey we wont forget you.