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“Gary Geidel”


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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Gary Geidel, FDNY, Rescue 1, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

There were two driving forces in the life of Gary Geidel -- his love for his wife and family and his dedication to the New York City Fire Department.

In an effort to build up his overtime to provide for a more comfortable retirement, Mr. Geidel put in for as many hours as could at Rescue Co. 1 in Midtown Manhattan, including the day tour on Sept. 11.

"You're going to get mad, but I put in for overtime again," said Mrs. Geidel remembering her husband's words on the day before the attack.

The next morning the couple woke up about 5 a.m. Lying in bed Mr. Geidel drew his wife close to him and told her not to be upset because he would only be working a few more tours. "Don't worry, you and me are going to be together forever," he told her in his usual gentle and reassuring way.

Determined to be with the same men with whom he responded to the 1993 bombing of the Twin Towers and had spent the last 11 years, Mr. Geidel made his way to the escalating chaos in hopes of rejoining his rescue company.
Mr. Geidel, as well as 10 other firefighters from his company, perished in the attacks.
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