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William McGinn
Occupation: New York City Firefighter - Lieutenant
Worked for: New York City
Originally from: Staten Island, NY
Resided in: Riverdale, Bronx, NY
College: Hunter College

Lt. William McGinn, 43, devoted father and husband
Sunday, September 30, 2001

Lt. William (Billy) Edward McGinn of Riverdale, a former Staten Islander, was a devoted husband and father.

As a member of Squad 18 based in Manhattan, he was among the first units to arrive at the scene of the World Trade Center disaster.

As part of the day crew, Lt. McGinn had expected to be fully engaged in a day-long training drill on tanker explosions at the Fire Academy on Randall's Island. Instead, Squad 18 was one of the first units from Lower Manhattan to arrive at the scene of the plane crash.

At 8 a.m. on the fatal day, Lt. McGinn called his wife, Dr. Anne Golden McGinn, formerly of Great Kills, to say good morning and tell her not to worry if he was unable to call until late in the day. Dr. McGinn never again heard from her husband.

Sept. 11 was to be memorable for another reason. Lt. McGinn was looking forward to taking part in a charity event he had helped to organize for that evening. Other FDNY officers were to join Lt. McGinn as celebrity bartenders, with proceeds to benefit the New York-Cornell Burn Center. Three of the four firefighters who were to take part in the charity event died or are still missing.

"Billy was totally supportive through the long years that I pursued my doctoral degree and encouraged me in my career," said Dr. McGinn, who has a Ph.D. in public health.

"He was devoted, loving, thoughtful and eternally optimistic. He cherished his family, was dedicated to the job he loved, and approached every day with incredible energy."

As the father of Liam, 8, and Cordelia, 6, Lt. McGinn was active in the Parents Association and served on the School Leadership Team at PS 81 in Riverdale. He coached Liam's team in the North Riverdale Baseball League and he was the den leader of Cub Scout Pack 613.

Lt. McGinn scheduled his work hours to spend the most time possible with his children. Their well-being and their education were his greatest concerns, and his deep love for them always was evident. He was a regular fixture in the school yard, the neighborhood pool, and entertained groups of children and adults alike with his firehouse stories and jokes, Dr. McGinn said.

From his children's first nursery school classes on, each year he came in full turn-out gear to teach their classmates about fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire. Many parents report that their children still talk about "Firefighter Bill," Dr. McGinn said.

Known as the neighborhood "Mr. Mom," he was listed on many a school child's emergency contact card. When a child was hurt, parents would call Billy, often at the child's request, to diagnose or treat the problem, Dr. McGinn said.

He also was able to paint, repair, build, or demolish just about anything, and could always be depended upon to assist his family or his friends with their projects, Dr. McGinn said.

Born on Staten Island, Lt. McGinn lived in New Dorp and attended Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. School, Egbert Intermediate School, Midland Beach, and New Dorp High School.

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the City College of New York of the City University of New York, Manhattan.

Inspired by his uncle, the late Lt. Kevin McGinn of Richmond, his ambition and dream was to serve as a New York City firefighter. He was appointed to the FDNY on March 5, 1984, and began has career at Ladder Company 11 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

After several years, he transferred to Brooklyn and became a member of Squad 1, part of the elite Special Operations Command. He was working in Squad 1 on the day they were called to respond to the WTC bombing in 1993.

He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on May 5, 1994, and became an officer in Engine Company 56 in the Br
Submitted by: Pat Dorr ()

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From NY Times Nov 3, 2001

Firefighting, not Engineering William E. McGinn was a civil engineering major at Hunter College. But he spent much of his spare time hanging out at the firehouse in Spanish Harlem where his uncle Kevin was a lieutenant. Some time around sophomore year, he took an exam that was not in any of his courses: the firefighter's test.

By the time he graduated, he had decided that being a civil engineer would be boring, so he became a firefighter.

Eighteen years later, in September 2001, Firefighter McGinn was Lieutenant McGinn of Squad 18, a special operations command based in Greenwich Village, a father of two, cub scout leader and the only male member of the
school leadership team at his children's school in Riverdale in the Bronx.

Lieutenant McGinn, 43, used his engineering skills mostly to demolish
parts of the house, but he used them on the job, too. "He understood how
structures and materials fail," said Dr. Anne Golden, an epidemiologist,
who was Mr. McGinn's college sweetheart and who later became his wife.
"He would have had a field day with this one."

Squad 18 was one of the first on the scene on Sept. 11 and lost all seven
men, but Lieutenant McGinn had already passed on the firefighting itch.
For the past two years, a kid from Staten Island named Sean Bradley spent
much of his spare time hanging around Squad 18, where his uncle Billy was
a lieutenant. Now Sean, 17, has decided that he wants to be a firefighter,
-- Anon ()
19 Nov 2001

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