Joseph A. Mascali‚ 44‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Rescue 5. Mascali worked in construction for years before joining the FDNY in 1987. He was assigned to Ladder 122 for 10 years‚ where he and his fellow firefighters earned a unit citation for saving civilians from a building collapse. Mascali later joined the elite Rescue 5 unit and became a certified EMT First Responder and confined space and high-angle rope rescuer. He was a family man who took tremendous joy in traveling with his family.
Joe is a hero because of his sincerity‚ his caring‚ his love‚ his generosity‚ and his courage–because of the simplicity of his day-to-day unconditional love for his wife and children‚ family and friends.