Orio Joseph Palmer‚ 45‚ battalion chief‚ FDNY‚ Battalion 7. Palmer‚ a 20-year veteran of the FDNY‚ began his career at Engine 46 in the Bronx. He rose steadily through the ranks at firehouses in Brooklyn‚ Queens‚ and Manhattan before becoming battalion chief. Colleagues knew him as a determined firefighter and a talented instructor; he taught firefighters studying for promotional exams and authored numerous articles on fire safety.
Palmer lived in Valley Stream‚ N.Y.‚ with his wife and three children. Called the Music Man by his family‚ Palmer loved listening to music‚ taking neighborhood kids fishing‚ and promoting the lost art of stickball.