Roll of Honor

Carl Capobianco

Carl Capobianco

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 51
  • Year of Death: 2011

Husband, father, brother, son, friend, caring, loving, brave – these are just a few words that describe Carl Capobianco.

For Firefighter Carl Capobianco, the New York Fire Department was not just a job, but a passion. He was always willing to help and teach others. He loved being involved in every aspect of firehouse life, from making desserts to playing Santa Claus at children’s Christmas parties. He never wanted to be the center of attention. Carl never told his family about receiving a Class A for a rescue involving a child; his family only learned of this heroic deed, accidentally, from a brother firefighter. He was always a hard worker and often worked two jobs at once. This led him to working with computers, getting involved with IT. His family would often find him bringing friends’ computers home and working on them at the dining room table to solve whatever problems he could.

One of his many jobs led him to Kinney Parking Systems, where he met his future wife of twenty-one years. Together they raised two beautiful daughters in the home where Carl grew up. He was extremely proud of his two daughters and their achievements, talents, and abilities.

As a young man, his interests included tailgating at Jets games, camping, and spending summers at the Jersey shore with lifelong friends.

As a family man, he enjoyed apple and pumpkin picking in the fall and chopping down a Christmas tree every year. Summer vacations were spent on Cape Cod, where he built alligators and airplanes in the sand. Trips to Disneyland were memorable, especially when he rode “It’s A Small World” too many times to count with his older daughter. He loved attending his girls’ dance recitals and competitions, volleyball, soccer, and basketball games. He enjoyed cooking meals for his family.

His enthusiasm for life was infectious even at the most difficult time of his life, and he always encouraged his family to focus on that.

He lived well, laughed often, and loved much.