2 FDNY recruits follow firefighter fathers’ legacies

The two graduates were inspired by their fathers; one was killed during 9/11 and another in an explosion 15 years ago

NEW YORK — The FDNY welcomed 310 new members Tuesday, two of which are following in their fathers’ footsteps. 

Thomas Palumbo, whose father was a FDNY firefighter that died on 9/11, was impacted by the brotherhood of the department and honoring his father’s memory. 

“I want to say, I love you and I hope you’re proud,” Palumbo said.

Palumbo told ABC7NY that the sense of brotherhood he witnessed during 9/11 both cemented and inspired him to join the fire service. 

“I saw all the brotherhood from 9/11, all the firefighters always helping us. It was great, meant a lot to me to join the brotherhood,” Palumbo said. 

Also joining the brotherhood is Harry Ford, who lost his firefighter father in an explosion 15 years ago on Father’s Day.

“No fear, just want to get in there and help people out,” Ford said. 

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