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Patrick O'Keefe
Age: 44
Occupation: Firefighter
Worked for: New York Fire Department
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Resided in: Oakdale, N.Y.
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I didn't know Patrick. But I thought he should be on this list. Jay
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

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Germantown NY Academy Middle School
Fall 2002 -- 9/11 Fundraising Update
Last year's eighth grade class held a dance to raise funds for victims of 9/11. They narrowed their contributions to Rescue Co. #1 and to one firefighter in particular, Patrick J. O'Keefe. Afterward they received this e-mail correspondence from Mr. O'Keefe's family:

My name is Nancy Van Houten. I am the sister-in-law of Patrick J. O'Keefe, the FDNY Rescue Co.1 firefighter lost on September 11, 2001, whose Memorial Fund you donated the proceeds from your 8th grade dance to last year. I thought that I would drop you a line to let you know how the family is doing. We were so appreciative of the students and your efforts to try and help out during such a difficult time. While things have slowed down a bit since then, there is still a whirlwind of activity in the O'Keefe household. We all miss Pat so much, and cannot believe we have just passed the one year anniversary. We actually have just returned from Colorado Springs and Washington DC respectively, where Patrick was one of over 440 fallen firefighters whose names were added to the the Memorials in both cities. This upcoming weekend in NYC, his wife Karen will be receiving Pat's Medal of Honor. Patrick's children are doing well. Jennifer is back at the University of Maryland and Timothy is playing lacrosse year round.

I have attached two files - one a profile that was written for Patrick by his niece, and the other is a photo of Pat at work. I don't know how much information you had about Patrick, or if you were able to connect him to a face, but I think that these will help.

I really just wanted to let you know that we constantly think of all the wonderful things people did to help then, and continue to do today. The emotional support has been phenomenal, and helps in a way that is too difficult to put into words.

God Bless you all,
Nancy
October 7, 2002

Patrick J. O'Keefe
Rescue Company 1
Patrick J. O'Keefe, an amazing man filled with life, love, and a magnetism that can only be described as charismatic. For those who had the blessing of sharing just a moment of his life, that memory will live on beyond the heroism of September 11th, embodying the man that he always was.

More affectionately known as Daddy, Pops, Uncle Pat, Paddy'O, or just plain Paddy, his commitment as a husband lives on in the perseverance and strength demonstrated by his wife of 23 years, Karen. Pat's wit and comedic antics could only be challenged by his daughter Jennifer, age 20, who has her father’s humorous spontaneity and love of life. An Irish gentleman of charm, great looks, and natural ability, these traits are reflected in his son Timothy, age 15. Pat's love and pride in his wife and children molded so many of the cherished memories that keep him close in their hearts and thoughts every day.

On July 11, 1981 he became a NYC firefighter assigned to Ladder35-Engine40. In 1990 he dedicated the remainder of his career to FDNY's Rescue Co.1- Manhattan where he was a senior member, second only to Joseph Angelini, Sr., also lost 9-11-01. Pat consistently went above and beyond, receiving citations, recognition and most importantly, the respect and admiration of his firefighting family as well as his own.

With two brothers, two sisters and an even larger array of "in-laws", his fan club is immense. Two of Pat's most supportive fans, parents Pat and Anne took pride in all of his achievements. Pat genuinely loved and was loved by his family and friends. He was a true professional at making everyone happy. Hungry for a good time, he was often the source of it.

A natural talent in sports, but still an athlete in the game of relaxation, Pat lived the motto "Work Hard, Play Harder". Skiing, hunting, golf, you name it, he could do it well. Not daunted by challenge but motivated by it, Pat's passion was sailing his
-- anonymous (Friend {})
17 Dec 2003

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