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Lt. Joseph G. Leavey
Age: 46
Occupation: Firefighter
Worked for: NY Fire Dept
Originally from: Inwood, Manhattan
Resided in: Pelham, N.Y.
School: Good Shepherd Grammar & the former Power Memorial Academy
College: Manhattan College - School of Engineering '77

I didn't know Joe, but thought he should be on this list.
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

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I am writing this in behalf of all the Leavey family members. My brother, Joe (from the time he was a young boy) wanted to become a New York City Firefighter. When the test came, he took it and was appointed to the Fire Department in l982.
He served all of his time in the boro of Manhattan. His first assignment was Engine 23, then Ladder 4 and finally as a Lieutenant at Ladder 15 on South Street. Because of his engineering background, Joe always considered the WTC to be an "Engineering Marvel". Joe's parents are now living in Yonkers but up until l993 were residents of the Inwood Section of New York City.
His Paternal Grandparents were from County Longford and his Maternal Grandmother was from County Clare. Joe's Funeral Mass will be on November 13th, 2001 which was to be his 46th birthday.
-- Maureen McGillicuddy ()
01 Nov 2001

I am proud of you, Joe! God Bless you for your selfless act. May you rest in peace. We will miss you so much! Keep an eye on all of us, ok?
-- Nora Coco, Rochester, NY ()
03 Nov 2001

God Bless you Joe. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to our family. Especially for all the help you gave my father during his illness. You are a wonderful man, husband, father and friend. I am honored to be able to leave this message. As hard as this has been to understand, I find peace in knowing that you passed on doing what you loved so much. If we could all have that gift..... You are truly a hero Joe.
Carol-- Not a day has gone by since the 11th that you have not been in my thoughts and prayers.
-- Charlene Renis ()
09 Nov 2001

From NY Post Nov 14, 2001


Fire Lt. Joseph Leavey was remembered yesterday, on what would have been his 46th birthday, as a "courageous model for other firemen."
The heroic father of three, who worked with Ladder 15, died Sept. 11 when the World Trade Center collapsed.

He left behind a wife and three children - but his spirit was very much alive yesterday at a funeral service in Westchester County.

The congregation included scores of firefighters from as far away as Canada.

His young daughter Kerry addressed a standing-room-only crowd at St. Catherine's Church in Pelham.

"I will always love you, Daddy. Happy birthday to my hero," she said before the packed congregation.

Leavey, who had a civil-engineering degree, was an encyclopedia of facts and figures regarding city architecture, Mayor Giuliani told the mourners.

"He had a knowledge of almost every building design in this city. He was a student of the buildings of New York," the mayor said.

"The World Trade Center had a special place in his heart. He thought of it as an engineering marvel."

And speaking directly to the firefighter's children - Kerry, Brian and Caitlin - he added:

"We - the whole country - owe you and your family a great deal. Nobody can take your father from you. He made you and so did your mom.

"The ideas of honest bravery and strength are inside you. Take tremendous pride in the kind of a man he was. He was a hero in the truest sense of the word."

The mayor said Leavey selflessly gave his life saving people at the Twin Towers.

Leavey's widow, Carole, choked back tears as she said Joe and their three kids were the best thing that ever happened to her.

"Marriage is a blessing from heaven, and Joe was a gift from God," Carole said.

Lt. Paul Lupano, who worked with Leavey, called him "a gentleman who loved the fire service. He was a fireman's fireman."

Chief Joe Nardone of Battalion 9 called his fallen friend "a model for other firemen. He was a man of courage, solid as a post . . . and a dear friend."

Several other of Leavey's colleagues said the fallen firefighter would always be with them on the job and be an inspiration to carry on.
-- anon ()
14 Nov 2001

At Joe's funeral yesterday, his lasting impact on his family, fellow firefighters, and communities of Manhattan and Pelham were made evident to all. He was a unique and caring person, one who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
-- Rob Morgan ()
14 Nov 2001

It doesn't surprise me to know that Joe would be one of the first rescuers at the WTC...That is what he loved, Helping others. I'll never forget all the times he helped my sister Carolann. Those times will never be forgotten nor will he. My whole family sends love to Carole, Kerry, Bryan, & Caitlin. You are in our prayers everyday.
-- Cori & Roy Estrow ()
23 Nov 2001

From NY Times, Nov 12, 2001

'The Pleasure of Looking Up'

Joseph Leavey had a crush on skyscrapers. He could stand for hours outside a high-rise and marvel at it. He always wanted to become a firefighter, but he became an engineer in the construction industry because of his affection for buildings. Then he became a firefighter.

His favorite spot was Battery Park City. His favorite buildings: the World Trade Center. It was his habit to take his family to Lower Manhattan, so he could soak in the dimensions of the trade center. He took endless pictures of the buildings, sometimes lying flat on his back.

As a lieutenant with Ladder 15 in the South Street Seaport, Mr. Leavey, 45, was one of the first firefighters to reach the trade center on Sept. 11.

He lived in Pelham, N.Y., with his wife, Carole, a son, Brian, 16, and a daughter, Caitlin, 10. A stepdaughter, Kerri, 26, lives in Manhattan.

"Joe was a real people person," Carole Leavey said. "There wasn't a person in Pelham Joe didn't know."

For the family Christmas card, he often tried to get a family portrait set somewhere amid New York's skyscrapers. No one forgot the time he hustled them to the top of the Citicorp building so he could shoot them with the New York skyline in the background.

"I swear it must have been 20 degrees below zero," said his stepdaughter. "The winds were like 100 miles an hour."

It turned out the picture was overexposed. So Mr. Leavey substituted a photo of the family in front of the New York Stock Exchange.
-- Anon ()
26 Nov 2001

It is so very hard to believe that two years have passed since that fateful day of September 11th. When I spoke to Carole that day and she told me that you were working -- all of our lives were changed forever. Since then we have learned that you were able to reach the 78th floor of Tower 2. What a feat especially with all of that equipment. We heard your voice on the tapes from the Port Authority and felt more at ease as you showed no panic in your voice. You are and always will be our "HERO". Keep looking down on all of us. Watch over Carole, Kerri, Brian and Caitlin as well as Mom and Dad.
Also look down on your sisters, their husbands and your nephews and niece. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers.
-- Maureen N. McGillicuddy (Sister {})
03 Oct 2003

How time flies. It is four years since that awful day that changed so many lives. There was a Mass at Good Shepherd for all the "Fallen Heroes" and Carole and I had special Masses said for you at St. Catharine's and Sacred Heart. I know you must have been looking down on all of us on Sunday. The weather and the sky was just as beautiful as it was that fateful day. Keep looking down on Mom, Carole and the kids, your sisters, their husbands and your nephews and niece. Say hi to Daddy for us.
-- Maureen McGillicuddy (Sister {})
13 Sep 2005

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