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Capt. David T. Wooley
Age: 53
Occupation: Firefighter
Worked for: New York Fire Department
Originally from:
Resided in: Nanuet, N.Y.

I didn't know David, but thought his name should be here.
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Capt. David T. Wooley was my father in law. He was a remarkable man. He had a smile that would warm you to the bone and a heart as big as gold. Our family now has a hole in it that will never heal. Please help us as we pray that someday he may be brought home to us. Thank you!
-- Jennifer L. Wooley (Friend {daughter in law})
16 Dec 2001

From NY Times Dec 15, 2001

'David T. Wooley: A Decorating Officer'

Anyone could see that it was a strange combination of jobs, fighting fires and interior decorating. But not David T. Wooley. Captain of Ladder Company 4 in Midtown Manhattan, he also put up wallpaper on the side, turning it into a family affair that included his son, brother and cousin. "He did that because my mother was always asking him to decorate around the house," said his son, David Jr. "He changed the wallpaper so often, and he was so good at it, that he decided to make it his second career. He did it since 1985 or 1986."

Sure, hanging wallpaper did not quite pack the rush of running into a blaze. But in Captain Wooley's crew were his brother Burt (another firefighter), his cousin Jeff and his son. "It was time we spent together, and it was almost like not working," David Wooley Jr. said.

As they beautified houses, Captain Wooley, 53, would tune in to a politically conservative radio station. Then his son would switch the dial to a liberal station. That was how it went between the two of them -- listen to politics, debate about it, laugh over it.

Captain Wooley's son made fun of him when he took a job putting up wallpaper in the Westchester home of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Meeting them did not change the captain's political leanings. But Captain Wooley was what his son called a "people person," and he told his son afterward that the Clintons were "nice and personable."
-- Anon (Friend { })
21 Dec 2001

Although a year has passed by, it seems like just yesterday that our world was forever changed. You were taken from us too soon. But you did what you had to do. You saved so many lives, and brought mothers and fathers home to their children. I am so proud of you. But, I miss you and wish you were here everyday. I know you would want us to move on, but it's so hard. You were such a huge part of our lives, and we feel lost without you. Dad, you will always be in my heart, and I will carry you wherever I go.
I Love You!!!
-- Stacy Wooley (Daughter {})
18 Oct 2002

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