“Dennis Mulligan”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Dennis Mulligan, FDNY, Ladder 2, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

No one else called Ed Mulligan "Pops." Only the third youngest of his four children. "Pops, one day I'm going to be commissioner of the Fire Department," firefighter Dennis Mulligan, 32, once told his father. Dennis grinned and turned to leave. He stopped. Looked his father in the eyes. "That's right, Pops."

Dennis was an eight-year fire department veteran who served in Manhattan with Division 3, Battalion 8, Ladder 2. He lived in the Bronx and palled around with a close group of friends from the Throgg's Neck neighborhood. "He could have run for mayor of that particular area," his father said.

Not that Dennis and his friends could always be found there. They took three-day cruises and weekend ski trips. Dennis organized a bachelor's party held in Madison, Wis. His family expected him to marry in 2002.

Dennis worked as hard as he played. He often picked up odd jobs when not fighting fires, working as a bouncer or limo driver. He had opened a moving business with a group of friends.

Ed Mulligan chokes up when talking about what else his son might have done. "This attack on the United States took away one of the best futures in this city, state and country," he said. "It's just a helluva a thing to do to my son."

Maybe you saw his face inside the firetruck racing through Midtown streets. Or maybe you saw him marching in his blue uniform in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. You'd remember that he was tall and broad-shouldered, with what Neil Skow, his lieutenant at Ladder Company 2, called "that fine Irish smile that he had."

And then you'd know a little bit about Dennis M. Mulligan, 32. He loved practical jokes but was also a loyal brother and son, a pal to his nieces and nephews, who called him "Superman." He liked to tell his sister, Patricia, that he was fireproof, though he once scorched his fingers on someone's birthday candles.

He would visit the sick, including one woman who was severely depressed. "He would go to her hospital bed every day, and he wouldn't leave until she laughed," his sister said.

Off duty on the morning of Sept. 11, he jumped on the ladder truck to help. Another firefighter remembered seeing him with a couple of other men from Ladder Company 2, escorting frightened workers from the lobby of 1 World Trade Center. He still had "that Mugsy smile," the firefighter said, which seemed to reassure them.
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