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Thomas Foley
Age: 32
Occupation: Firefighter - Rescue Unit
Worked for: N.Y.C.F.D.
Originally from: West Nyack, New York
Resided in: Pearl River, New York
School: Clarkstown South - New York
College: Rockland Community College

Tommy was buried on Saturday September 30. He was voted one of the top ten eligible bachelors in the U.S.
Submitted by: Patrick Clohessy ()

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A decorated New York City firefighter who a year ago rescued two construction workers dangling from the outside of a building, Thomas Foley was among the first rescue workers to arrive at the World Trade Center. He hasn't been heard from since and is among numerous firefighters listed as missing.

Foley, 32, was among the most notable firefighters in New York. Last year, he was listed as among the nation's 100 most eligible bachelors by People magazine. He also recently had a bit part on "The Sopranos,' scheduled to be shown next year.

"He never wanted to be anything else other than a fireman," said Serena Cantor, a former New Yorker who met Foley when he was a boy. "He became a volunteer fireman at the age of 18."

Upon reaching one of the two men whose scaffolding collapsed last year, Foley told People magazine: "I told him don't worry. You're going home to your family tonight."
-- Jay Dooling ()
07 Nov 2001

From NY Times Dec 7, 2001

'Thomas Foley: Fame and Firefighting'

Sometimes the spotlight lands on a New York City firefighter and just stays there. That's what happened to Thomas Foley, 32, a member of Rescue Company 3 in the Bronx.

Two summers ago he helped rescue construction workers dangling from a broken scaffold 12 stories above the street. "Don't worry," he told one of them. "You'll be going home to your family tonight." He got plenty of TV time for that, which blossomed into bit parts in "Third Watch" and "The Sopranos." Then he posed shirtless for People magazine's list of 100 most eligible bachelors last year.

"It was one of the most popular photos in that issue," said Carol Wallace, People's managing editor.

Mr. Foley, who lived in Nyack, N.Y., started out shy, said Joanne Foley Gross, his sister. But as an adult, he pursued interests like bull riding and hunting and turned his German shorthaired pointer, Maggie, into a field-trial champion. He was "always the life of the party," said Danny Foley, his brother and a firefighter with Engine Company 68.

When it came to firefighting, "he said it was the best job in the world and he would never give it up, ever," remembered a cousin, Christina Cimmino. "No matter how famous he got."
-- Anon (Friend { })
17 Dec 2001

Tommy, you had a smile that could light up a room. You were was a true friend...thank you for always making sure you attended all your friends special occasions. We know you loved sending time with friends and families. You were truly the life of a party. And of course, all the young ladies found you lovable. We miss dearly...God speed.
-- Just a friend (Friend {})
13 Jan 2002

Tom-
May you rest with the angels for you truly earned your wings!

-- A friend... (Friend {})
21 Jan 2002

TOMMY,

OUR PRAYS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALWAYS.
-- MIKE AND KAREN ROBINSON (Friend {})
12 Sep 2003

I have read many times People from October 1, 2001. In particular those pages where they wrote about honoring the fallen. And the name and picture of Thomas Foley caught my attention. He was too young to die. How many more things he would have achieved in his life! He was a real hero who was not afraid to die for others. I am sure he is heaven with God. We will remember you, Thomas, for ever!
-- anonymous (Friend {Joaquin C. Enriquez})
13 Nov 2004

Tommy,
You are missed. Losing you was and continues to be a true heartache. God Bless you, your memory and your family as your birthday approaches.
Hugs and Kisses,
-- Cris (Friend {})
05 Jan 2005

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