July 6‚ 1983‚ the day Gerry was sworn into the FDNY‚ was among the proudest of his life. After completing the Academy‚ Gerry spent 12 years at Ladder 34/Engine 84 where he earned the title ‘Bravest’ many times over. In 1995‚ he transferred to Rescue 1.
It is understood that firefighters rescue people. The members of Rescue rescue firefighters. Gerry was proud to be a member of this talented unit. Gerry’s humble nature never spoke of the various medals and awards he received for his heroism.
Outside of Rescue 1 Gerry’s life revolved around his unconditional love for his wife Marie and their boys Daniel and Andrew. On their gentleman’s farm‚ they were surrounded by the love of close friends‚ chickens‚ goats‚ rabbits and his pigs.
Gerry’s gentle caring nature touched everyone who knew him. Gerry was a shining star in this life. He possessed courage and bravery in amounts far greater than those towers that touched the sky.
His love for his family and friends and those who knew him has left this world a better place. To those who had the honor of knowing Gerry‚ he was always a hero. Now the rest of the world knows.
Marie E. Nevins