Submitted by his Family
Robert C. Beddia‚ born September 7‚ 1953; as Bobby would say ‘was in the year of his birth’ when he died on August 18‚ 2007 at the age of 53. He died in the line of duty fighting a fire at the Deutsche Bank Building‚ a building that remained as part of the aftermath of 9/11.
A life long Staten Islander‚ he spent his personal and professional life in service to the citizens of New York City. Bobby was known for his smile‚ his spirit and kind‚ easy going ‘nothing is that big a deal’ attitude. He made friends easily and never turned away a person in need; his generosity is legendary and lives on in the stories told by those who knew him. As the senior man at his house he was a mentor to the new hires as well as the ‘go-to’ guy for guidance. His easy going personality‚ flashing smile‚ and generous nature made him the person that all people easily gravitated towards. As a travel enthusiast‚ he often served as a goodwill ambassador for the FDNY. In the spring of2007 he traveled to Australia to participate in the Police and Fire Fighter games. Bobby enjoyed life – the outdoors‚ the people‚ and the celebrations.
His heroism in battling the Deutsche Bank fire was emblematic of his bold spirit; for his steadfast commitment to his job‚ and to his mission to preserve the safety of New Yorkers and his colleagues.
Although Bobby never had children of his own‚ his was the uncle‚ godfather‚ and friend that all the family children wanted to be with – he was always a kid at heart.
Bobby’s career as a New York City Fire Fighter began in October‚1983 and he loved it. Bobby never considered retiring; he never wanted to be away from the neighborhood that he had become an integral part of – his second home‚ Engine 5‚ Ladder 24‚ New York City.