Roll of Honor

Peter Anthony Vega

Peter Anthony Vega

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Department City of New York
  • New York
  • Age: 36
  • Year of Death: 2001

Peter was a wonderful husband to Regan and a terrific dad to Ruby. He was the best son and brother anyone could ask for.

He spent 6 years in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of Desert Storm. After being honorably discharged‚ Peter became an ironworker with Local 40 in NYC. He became a firefighter in July 1995. The entire time Peter went to night school and graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts in the spring of 2001.

He will always be in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

– Regan Grice-Vega

Peter was a NYC firefighter for 6 years‚ assigned to Ladder 118‚ Brooklyn Heights. He and 7 other members of his firehouse were lost on 9/11.

He was born in San Juan‚ Puerto Rico‚ and was very proud of his Puerto Rican and Irish heritage. He was raised in Brooklyn from the age of 3. He was dyslexic‚ thankfully diagnosed at an early age‚ but managed to overcome his handicap. He graduated with honors from high school at LaSalle Academy‚ New York City. He proudly served 6 years in the Air Force‚ serving as support during the Gulf War. On return to New York‚ he worked as an ironworker until he was called to the fire department.

At the age of 36‚ he had reached goals he set for himself. He had finished his college degree from City College of NY‚ found the work he loved‚ married‚ purchased a home‚ and had a daughter Ruby‚ who was 2 years old on August 8. He was a loving‚ kind‚ and generous son‚ husband‚ brother‚ grandson‚ and true friend to all who knew him.

– Maureen Rosenberg (his mother)

Memorial Wall

  1. That day, 9/11, is coming up again so quickly. It seems like yesterday and then again a thousand years since we have seen our beloved Peter. Last night, there was a program on PBS, “Object and Memories”. A batallion chief who ended up in the Marriott and the crush by Tower 2 was on the program. I had never seen this program before, originally broadcast inh 2008. To think, he was there in the lobby of the Marriott and survived. He said he lost his helmet and dug around until he found another helmet to protect his head while he was digging out of the debris and chaos. I like to think perhaps that helmet belonged to Peter or Bobby, Joey, Vernon or Leon, who were all together and perished. We love and miss Peter more and more every day. God bless those who remember and keep him in your prayers. We will all be together someday in Heaven. Love, Mom XXX

    – Maureen Rosenberg
  2. Was talking about Pete with Gary Evans and Tony Proger this past weekend. I miss my friend!

    – Jill White-Maffetore
  3. Was stationed with Pete at Beale AFB in California. He was a great guy quick with a laugh and a smile. Sad to know he’s gone. Definitely a hero.

    – Charles Prentice
  4. Today I had the honor of carrying the memory of FF Peter Anthony Vega during the National Capital Region 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. As I prepare to move onto my enlistment into the USAF I was surprised to learn that Peter served as an Airman. It felt as though fate paired us up for today and I feel honored to have carried his memory. May he rest in peace.

    – Patrick Nunez
  5. I chose Peter Anthony Vega’s rock at the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Murfreesboro, TN. The rock led me to this page and the story of his life, told by his friends and family. May he rest in peace.

    – Brandy Dishner
  6. I was stationed with Pete at Bentwaters in 1991 and served with him in the CRS shop… he taught me AVTR and i doubt i taught him anything about Pave Penny! he was always a special friend. #Neverforget.

    – Vicki (Zimmerman) Schmidt
  7. I had the pleasure of working with Maureen “Mo” a long time ago. Even though I never met Peter personally, Mo spoke so lovingly of him so often. I see pictures of him and how he was always smiling , that is how I remember Mo. The love she has for her son was something that I’ll never forget.

    – Rae
  8. When I arrived at Lowry AFB near Denver as a wide eyed kid, Pete befriended me immediately and we became good friends for the short time we spent together during our training. Recently I came across a photo of Pete and I that I hadn’t seen in years. The smile on his face brought back so many memories. I was saddened when I learned that he made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 – but not surprised to learn that he died a hero. Rest in peace Pete! Thinking of you today 9/11/18

    – Todd Roberts
  9. I just climbing the NFFF New Hampshire 9/11 stairclimb and got Peter was my person to carry. I did not see this page until after I finished but I definitely left like a military guy was there pushing me when things got hard! So glad I could honor him today!

    – Megan Moody
  10. I just climbed the NFFF New Hampshire 9/11 stairclimb and got Peter as my person to carry. I did not see this page until after I finished but I definitely felt like a military guy was there pushing me when things got hard! So glad I could honor him today!

    – Megan Moody
  11. I knew peter from a very young age around 10 years old even do I was 5 years older . As a young kind we hang out together with my friends who were my age or younger. Came to my birthday party with my friends and was having a time of his life. God bless him.

    – Anthony Barbaro
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