Thursday, August 27, 2015

Deeds, not Words

"He wasn't one to brag."  

So said Teresa Marchbanks about her husband, Joseph Marchbanks, Jr.  Battalion Chief Marchbanks died in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  He left behind Teresa and the couple's two children, Lauren and Ryan, who were fourteen and eight years of age respectively at the time of their dad's death.  

Chief Marchbanks spent slightly less than one half of his life serving and protecting the people of New York City.  At age forty-seven, he had spent twenty-two years on the job, for which he was selected in the very same week in which he had qualified to become a member of the NYPD.  

He and his family lived in Nanuet, New York where he coached Lauren's championship softball team - a group of young ladies whose praises he never tired of singing.  He was reticent in discussing his achievements but suffered from no such infirmity when talking about his little girl and her teammates.

Chief Marchbanks was the chief of the 12th Battalion in Harlem.  On that awful Tuesday morning almost fourteen years ago, he died when the South Tower collapsed while he was in the lobby trying to evacuate people from the building. 

At the time of his death, the older of his two kids - his little girl - Lauren was just fourteen.  Earlier this month, she got married.  Is there any doubt that her usually quiet dad spent her wedding day poking his colleagues in the ribs and bragging on his little girl?  

Nope.  

Joseph Marchbanks, Jr.
Chief - Battalion 12

-AK 


  

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