John M. Paolillo‚ 51‚ deputy chief‚ FDNY‚ Special Operations. Two words describe Paolillo’s commitment to saving lives – relentless dedication. Paolillo‚ who joined the FDNY in 1977‚ spent many sleepless nights studying for his lieutenant’s test. A jogger and marathoner‚ Paolillo prided himself on keeping in shape – though helping others sometimes interfered. Once‚ he interrupted a jog to rescue the driver of a crashed car. Paolillo lived in Glen Head‚ Long Island‚ with his family. His dedication to the job was matched only by his commitment to his wife and two children.