Thursday, September 22, 2016

Always Someone You Wanted On Your Team

FF Tarel Coleman - Squad 252
FDNY

John Coleman knew - as early as when his little brother, Tarel, was just five years old that Tarel had a future as a firefighter.  According to John, it was at age five that Tarel stuck his head inside an incinerator in order to see a fire - an experience from which he emerged relatively unscathed. Curiosity may have killed the cat but it took from five-year-old Tarel Coleman only one eyebrow and a little bit of hair.  

John proved prescient.  At age eighteen, FF Tarel Coleman took the exam to become a member of the FDNY.  In 1993, he joined the department. He was only thirty-two years young when he - and five other members of Brooklyn's Squad 252 - died at the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  

Tarel Coleman - in addition to be an accomplished, reliable firefighter - was a terrific athlete, using his 4.3 forty-yard dash speed on the softball diamond and on the football field, where he played defensive back on the FDNY's football team.  His nickname, "Prozac", was a tribute to his intense style of play.  

He was the proud father of two children.  Danielle, his daughter, was thirteen at the time of his death. His little boy, Tarel, Jr., was just three years old. 

-AK     


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