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Thomas Hannafin
Age: 36
Occupation: Firefighter
Worked for: New York Fire Department
Originally from: Staten Island, NY
Resided in: Westerleigh, Staten Island, NY
School: Susan Wagner High School
College: College of Staten Island

I didn't know him, but he was Irish, and deserved to be on this tribute page.
Submitted by: Lin Hendrickson ()

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Thomas Hannifin was a Second cousin of my father, I would just like to send my deepest sympathy to his family.
-- Aimee Lydon ()
19 Nov 2001

My family are Hanafins from County Kerry. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family of Thomas Hannafin.
-- Deborah Hanafin Romilly (just someone who cares)
26 Nov 2001

From Staten Island Advance Sep 16, 2001

'Thomas Hannafin, 36, firefighter and athlete'

Thomas Hannafin was a top-notch firefighter, and may have been an even better athlete.

Earlier this year, the 36-year-old Westerleigh resident captured a gold medal in the three-on-three basketball competition at the World/Police Fire Department Games in Indianapolis.

On Tuesday, Mr. Hannafin, a member of Ladder Co. 5 in Greenwich Village, died after responding to the World Trade Center suicide attack. He was last seen on the 37th floor in Tower 1.

My brother Tom lived his life to the fullest every day, said his brother Kevin, a firefighter assigned to Ladder Co. 119 in Brooklyn. He was a family man who was always with his children and his wife, and he was a great athlete and team guy.

Kevin Hannafin, in an emotional twist, was among the rescue workers who pulled his brother and other members of Ladder 5 from the charred wreckage.

I was very proud of my brother, said Kevin Hannafin, and I was happy to be with the recovery effort.

Mr. Hannafin was a lifelong Westerleigh resident and had been a firefighter for 10 years. He Hannafinwas a graduate of Susan Wagner High School and the College of Staten Island.

He was a member of the Fire Department's Emerald Society and the department's basketball team which competed in the Indianapolis games.

Mr. Hannafin enjoyed bicycling, playing basketball, softball and football, and traveling. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, West Brighton.

Surviving, in addition to his brother, Kevin, are his wife, the former Rene Bacotti; a son, Thomas, 3; a daughter, Kayla, 5, and four brothers, Dennis, Patrick, John and Peter.
-- Anon ()
05 Dec 2001

Chills ran through my back when I heard the name Thomas P Hannafin on last night's 9/11 tribute program. Although I spell my name differently, Hanifen, I'm sure we are family.

My deepest condolences to Tom's wife, children and family members.

Kathleen Hanifen - Salem, Oregon
-- Kathleen Hanifen (Friend {})
11 Mar 2002

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