Gerard P. Dewan‚ 35‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 3. Dewan‚ a five-year FDNY veteran‚ was originally from Boston. He moved to New York because there weren’t any fire department positions open in his hometown. He had firefighting in his blood. His father and grandfather were both firefighters. Four brothers had also served as public safety officers. Dewan planned to return to Boston one day and raise a family.