Francis (Frank) Keane was born on March 9‚ 1955 to Irish Immigrants; John and Theresa Keane. Born and raised in the Bronx‚ New York he was the only son and oldest of three children. He attended Our Lady of Solace grammar school and graduated high school from Cardinal Hayes. Before joining the Fire Department he worked at Seaman’s Bank for Savings in New York City and there he made numerous friends that lasted a lifetime.
He began his career with the New York City Fire Department on September 5‚ 1981 and was first assigned to Engine 61 and later transferred to Ladder 41; both located in the Bronx near where he grew up. On April 9‚ 1994 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Engine 39 located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Nine years later on July 6‚ 2003 he was promoted to Captain and was assigned to Engine 46 / Ladder 27 (Cross Bronx Express) where he served until his untimely death. Frank loved being a firefighter and he dedicated 25+ years of service and his life to New York City‚ the FDNY and saving others. He was a brave‚ dedicated‚ career firefighter who conducted every day of his life with the utmost dignity‚ professionalism and moral character. He died on December 11‚ 2006 shortly after a tour of duty‚ which included numerous runs‚ as a result of a fatal heart attack.
He was a devoted son‚ wonderful brother; a true and generous friend and he loved his family‚ friends. A true family man he loved family gatherings and the Christmas holidays were his favorite. Frank‚ with his presence always made them special! He was godfather and confirmation sponsor to his two nephews and two nieces‚ never missed a birthday‚ graduation or family event and never forgot to send a card. He always spoiled his family with the most beautiful gifts and his nieces and nephews with latest video game systems‚ CD’s and outfits. He took great pride each year in assembling his magnificent Christmas Village scene; which he loved showing to his family and friends.
As a Captain‚ he was a role model to the younger guys and took his job and the safety of his men very seriously. He attended numerous golf outings and charity events supporting those lost in the line of duty and also visited and helped injured and recovering firefighters in his free time. He was an avid sports enthusiast who loved to ski (Hunter Firefighter races)‚ scuba dive‚ bike ride and play tennis‚ golf and ice hockey (F.D.N.Y. hockey team). He traveled many times a year to ski and scuba with many of his F.D.N.Y. buddies. He spent his summers relaxing at his favorite beach club ‘The Manhem Club’ and playing tennis in Pelham Bay Park. He was an avid reader of world history and had a keen interest in religious military campaigns (The Crusades) and the world’s wars.
He was loved by many – a man of great character‚ brave‚ humble and caring; a Captain and loyal friend to all those who knew him. Life is not the same without him; he is truly missed and lives on in the hearts of his mother‚ Theresa; father‚ John; sisters‚ Maureen and Patricia; his nephews‚ Michael and Matthew; his nieces‚ Jillian and Jessica‚ his friends and fellow firefighters.