Jimmy Martinez of Staten Island, New York, lost his battle with a 9/11 related bone marrow cancer on August 24, 2018, after 26 years of service with the FDNY. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Maria; his three children, daughters Eileen and Alyssa; his son, FDNY Lieutenant Jimmy Martinez Jr.; and three grandchildren, Jimmy, Penelope, and Madelyn.
Jimmy Martinez began his career with the FDNY in January of 1990 and was assigned to Engine Co. 228 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, eager to “see more action.” He later transferred to Engine Co. 230 in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where he served for ten years. The remainder of his career was served in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Staten Island, where he transferred in the spring of 2001.
On the morning of September 11th, after only briefly seeing the events unfolding on the television, Jimmy immediately reacted by reporting to his firehouse off duty and responding to the World Trade Center for the rescue and recovery efforts. He would go on to spend countless days digging for his missing brothers. During that time, he also returned to Engine 230 to help rebuild the firehouse after their heavy loss of six members. Jimmy showed that same courage and bravery on the night of October 29, 2012, when New York City was blindsided by Hurricane Sandy, pushing through heavy winds and neck deep waters to evacuate people from their flooded homes.
A true “hands on” senior man who led by example, his dedication to the FDNY was only second to his devotion to his family. From helping friends and family with their car repairs, home improvements, or just his astoundingly level-headed advice, he was always the go-to-guy who lit up the room when he got there to make a situation better. Jimmy always emphasized the importance of leaving the job better than he found it. For those who had the pleasure of knowing him and loving him, he left the world better than he found it.