Richard Manetta died on October 11, 2009, from an aggressive form of cancer related to his response to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Richie was a 12-year veteran with the FDNY who served with Engine 276/Ladder 156/Battalion 33. He left his job as a plumber for the transit authority to join the fire department in 1996. He became a highly respected and dedicated firefighter who worked tirelessly on the rescue and recovery operation at Ground Zero.
Richie was a good-hearted person, a devout Catholic, and everything you could want in a firefighter and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Maria, and his son, Christian.