Jenz thoughts and feelings

September 11, 2006


Filed under: 911 — jenz @ 10:11 am


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.

To read more about this remarkable young man:- bravest memorial 1 2 3 Joey funds quilt



  1. Great tribute.
    Many blessings to all those who lost loved ones that day.

    I am honored to post a tribute to Joseph Lovero, Dispatcher for the Jersey City Fire Dept who lost his life that day

    Comment by Linda — September 11, 2006 @ 11:40 am | Reply

  2. This project is amazing, as I get to know details to the names. You have done a fantastic job!

    Rest in Peace, Joseph. This Okie will never forget!

    I am honoring Daniel Lugo. Please stop by for a visit!

    Comment by MamaKBear — September 11, 2006 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  3. Very nice! It still amazes me to see so many from so many countries participating & feeling the deep loss with us…thank you!

    Comment by Tug — September 11, 2006 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  4. Beautiful tribute! Opening sites with tribute makes my heart bleed and brings tears to my eyes as I see all these young people losing their lives to something beyond their control. These cruel people who caused the tragedy just didn’t care about these innocent lives, lives with yet unfulfilled dreams, lives who may have been depended upon by their loved ones.
    My sympathy goes to all the victims’ family of these Sept. 11/2001 tragedy. My heart will always have a special place for all of you.

    Comment by Friday's Child — September 11, 2006 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  5. Thankyou for writing such a tribute from N.Z. And thankyou for reading my tribute to Salvatore Lopes

    Comment by H.R.M. Queen of the Universe — September 11, 2006 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  6. Beautiful tribute, my heart breaks every tribute I read. We have lost some really special people from this world.
    And the first responders firefighters and police really hit a cord.

    Comment by Random Musings — September 11, 2006 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  7. What a great way to honour an obviously great man.

    Comment by Melany — September 11, 2006 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  8. Thanks for remembering, Jen!

    Comment by kayinpa — September 11, 2006 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  9. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing young man. Isn’t it great being part of the 2996 tribute…I have been so blessed. I pray that the families of each lost loved one will be encouraged, even just a little, by knowing that we have not forgotten…and will not.


    Comment by Diane — September 12, 2006 @ 5:22 am | Reply

  10. Rest in peace, Joey Pockets. May your family know you are held in the hearts of many.

    I remember Brooke David Rosenbaum.

    Comment by Kelley2 — September 12, 2006 @ 5:34 am | Reply

  11. I have read so many blogs about the lives that were taken from this world way too early. I will keep reading so that we may “know” everyone of those loss souls. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tribute.

    We will never forget.

    I remember Lisa Egan

    Comment by j — September 12, 2006 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  12. That every name, every face, every soul, every heartbeat should be made one. In the face of the tragedy we all lived through, it is the only prayer I have. Your tribute brings one more name, one more face, one more soul, one more heartbeat into the circle, and we keep living, not inspite of 9/11, but because of those who gave all.

    Thank you for your piece of the puzzle.

    I proudly honored Jay Robert Magazine and Mark Bingham on my blog.

    Comment by Cindi — September 12, 2006 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  13. Beautiful Post!

    Comment by NMOTB — September 12, 2006 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

  14. Wonderful tribute to Joey, Jen. I too, pray God’s Blessing and comfort for Joey’s family and loved ones, today and always.

    Thank you for introducing us to Joey.


    Comment by 3rdtimesacharm( 3T ) — September 13, 2006 @ 1:50 am | Reply

  15. Joey sounds like a great guy. So young and so full of life. Very nice tribute to him.

    Thank you for sharing about Sean with us. He sounds like a wonderful person.

    I wrote about Harry Ramos, a man who was killed while comforting a complete stranger. Everyone in Harry’s office made it out that day. Harry could have too, but he chose to stay behind and try to help someone he didn’t know.

    Comment by Jay T. — September 13, 2006 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  16. […] is all about honouring the victims of 9/11. I took part last year. I intend to do it again this year. I see this as important and intend to honour a different victim […]

    Pingback by Join me on September 11 to pay Tribute to the fallen « Prayer Warrior — July 20, 2007 @ 10:45 am | Reply

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