Roll of Honor

Andrew J. Desperito

Andrew J. Desperito

  • Lieutenant
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 43
  • Year of Death: 2001

Andrew J. Desperito was killed in the line of duty on 9/11 while trying to evacuate thousands of people at the World Trade Center before its devastating collapse. Being a firefighter was something he dreamed of since he was a little boy. He served three years as a NYC police officer before being appointed to the FDNY. He studied very hard and eventually became a lieutenant. He also was a member of Hagerman Volunteer Fire Department‚ often sharing his knowledge of firefighting at training drills and classes.

Helping people seemed to come naturally to him. He was a born communicator and connected well with all people. However‚ he never did anything for his own personal gain. He did it because it was the right thing to do. He was a highly respected and loved soccer coach who brought his son’s Division 1 soccer team to a first place championship twice right before his untimely death. He also instilled good sportsmanship in all his players mostly by his own behavior on the soccer field.

He strove to be the best he could in everything he did and was: a husband‚ father‚ son‚ brother‚ firefighter‚ soccer coach and friend. Andrew was most proud of his family‚ wife Laura‚ and children‚ Nicole‚ Anthony‚ and David.

Of everything that Andrew tried to accomplish in his short lifetime‚ the underlying goal was to always stay true to yourself and always follow your dreams.

Memorial Wall

  1. Today we climbed the Colorado 9/11 Stair Climb in honor and memory of your loved one. Andrew is not forgotten.

    – Jan Gascoigne
  2. This weekend I climbed in memory of Lieutenant Desperito at the 9/11 Stair Climb in Green Bay, WI. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. I am also a parent to three children and a soccer coach. I am honored to have chosen his name.

    – Stacey Oatman
  3. Today I’m climbing in honor of Lt Desperito at the Never Forget New Hampshire 9/11 Stair Climb in Manchester NH. I’m so glad to learn about Lt Desperito and to participate in his honor and memory.

    – catherine
  4. Today, I am donating to the Camp Fire Relief Fund in memory of Andrew Desperito. This fund will help the victims of California’s worst fire in history.

    – Pasquale Bianculli
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