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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 56
Year of Death: 2015

Dennis J. Heedles Sr.

Dennis J. Heedles Sr., 56, died on October 10, 2015, from complications of lung cancer related to his response to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He was a first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11 and also worked tirelessly in the recovery effort.

He was a graduate of New Dorp High School.

He loved being a firefighter and had a 20-year career with the FDNY, retiring in 2002 from Ladder Co. 76 in Tottenville.

He was a family man who loved watching his sons play football while they were growing up and later enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He often volunteered his time and talents to help family and friends with home improvement projects.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Veronica; his sons, Dennis Jr., Thomas, and Erik; his daughter, Allison Spagnuolo; his mother, Stella Heedles; his brothers, Edward and Bobby; his sisters, Nancy Wright and Karen Ferrari; and his granddaughter.

Dennis is remembered for his generous and caring nature and his willingness to help those in need.

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  1. I had heard that Dennis had gone. Seeing it in black and white is devastating. My co dolances to his family and friends. Dennis was a great Son,, Brother and friend and I’m sure a great father. Very sad. ♥️

    – Peter Mulay