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About Joseph Angelini Jr.


Joseph John Angelini Jr., 38, of Lindenhurst, was a New York City firefighter with Ladder 4 in midtown Manhattan. He died in the south tower. His remains were recovered on March 12, 2002. His father, Joseph John Angelini Sr., 63, of Lindenhurst, who was the senior member of Manhattan's Rescue Co. 1 and also perished that day.
Donna Angelini said what kept her alive after her husband and father-in-law were killed were her three children, Jennifer, Jacqueline and Joseph John III, who were 7, 5 and 3 at the time. Almost 10 years later, she still can't believe the men are gone.
"Every once in a while I still go back to that place and think they are all being held someplace," she said. "I want my husband home. I want the father of my children home."
She said she had been proud to call Angelini Sr. "father." As for her husband: "He was everything, my husband was."
Joseph John Angelini Jr. was proud to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was the oldest active firefighter in the department. But his family came first.
"We were his life and then there was the fire department," she said. "He couldn't wait to get off the train." He was happiest when she and the kids would pick him up at the station, Donna Angelini said, and he would pepper them with questions all the way home about their day.
When he was home he spent his time gardening, walking the kids to the library or baking homemade pizza or focaccia - "anything that could be done with the family," she said.
"We lost the heart," she said. "When he walked in the door, anything wrong seemed so senseless. The kids' eyes would always light up. They don't have that anymore. That's what's so hard." - Ridgely Ochs




About Joseph Angelini Sr.


Joseph John Angelini Sr., 63, of Lindenhurst, was the senior member of Manhattan's Rescue Co. 1 who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. His son, Joseph John Angelini Jr., 38, of Lindenhurst, who was a New York City firefighter with Ladder 4 in midtown Manhattan, also died that day. His remains were recovered on March 12, 2002.
Donna Angelini said what kept her alive after her husband and father-in-law were killed were her three children, Jennifer, Jacqueline and Joseph John III, who were 7, 5 and 3 at the time. Almost 10 years later, she still can't believe the men are gone.
"Every once in a while I still go back to that place and think they are all being held someplace," she said. "I want my husband home. I want the father of my children home."
She said she had been proud to call Angelini Sr. "father." As for her husband: "He was everything, my husband was."
Joseph John Angelini Jr. was proud to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was the oldest active firefighter in the department. But his family came first.
"We were his life and then there was the fire department," she said. "He couldn't wait to get off the train." He was happiest when she and the kids would pick him up at the station, Donna Angelini said, and he would pepper them with questions all the way home about their day.
When he was home he spent his time gardening, walking the kids to the library or baking homemade pizza or focaccia - "anything that could be done with the family," she said.
"We lost the heart," she said. "When he walked in the door, anything wrong seemed so senseless. The kids' eyes would always light up. They don't have that anymore. That's what's so hard." - Ridgely Ochs
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