Firefighter – Rescue 5 – Staten Island‚ NY
Nick was most definitely a man’s man. He was a wonderful son and brother. Nick was the oldest of four children and grew up for the most part in a single-parent home. As the oldest son/brother‚ Nick took on the role of father figure‚ caring and watching over his sister and brothers. As a son‚ he has been a very big source of comfort to me. Helping in any way he could.
Nick was gregarious‚ adventurous and developed many close bonds in his 35 years. He was well loved by all that knew him He earned the nickname Nicky Love. He involved himself in everything and gave everything his all. He loved physical activities such as water tubing‚ roller blading‚ roller and ice hockey‚ football‚ body building and dancing. He earned his black belt in karate in December of 1997. He earned his FDNY certificate in diving just prior to 9/11.
Nick was skilled in many things. He owned his own home improvement business before he became a fireman and continued to do this line of work on the side. You will find his handprints in many homes‚ his karate dojo‚ and his firehouse.
Nick gave his job as a fireman his all and more at times. He loved his job and wanted to learn‚ learn‚ learn everything he could. Everything he did‚ he did so well.
On 9/11101‚ Nick was a firefighter one-minute‚ and a casualty of war the next. He is missed by all.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go… Some people stay for a while‚ leave footprints on our hearts‚ And we are never‚ ever the same.