Captain Sheldon Barocas, 61, died on December 19, 2011, from cancer related to the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001.
He was appointed to the New York City Fire Department on December 17, 1977, and was a dedicated member for 26 years. He served with Engine 53 for 13 years, until his promotion to lieutenant. He served as lieutenant of Engine 307 and then as captain at Ladder 129 and later at Engine 251. He worked for six months in the rescue and recovery effort at the World Trade Center.