Edward D’Atri‚ 38‚ was a lieutenant with Squad 1 in Brooklyn. A firefighter since 1984‚ he said that the FDNY was ‘in his blood.’ Firefighters who worked with him said that D’Atri was someone they would want behind them if they had to go into a burning building. D’Atri was a bodybuilder who won the title ‘Mr. Staten Island’ in 1987. He took karate classes and loved to read philosophy.
More than anything else‚ he cherished time with his two sons‚ Anthony and Michael. He managed their Little League team and took them on many father-son trips. The boys especially looked forward to nights they spent at the firehouse with their dad.
Eddie had a lot of energy and much courage. He certainly earned his hero status that day. He will be missed by many.