Sunday, September 4, 2016

Life's Irony

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, FF Scott Kopytko of Ladder 15 in Manhattan was one of 343 members of the FDNY, including eight members of his house, who died at the World Trade Center.  FF Kopytko and the men of Ladder 15 were among the firefighters killed in the collapse of the South Tower.  

FF Scott Michael Kopytko
Ladder 15 - FDNY

Prior to realizing his life-long dream of joining the FDNY in 1998, FF Kopytko earned his living as a commodities trader.  He worked for a firm whose offices were in the Trade Center's South Tower. Thus, the building where he has last earned a living in his civilian life was the building where that life ended - at age 32 - which building the FDNY had entered in order to save as many civilians as possible. 

Scott Kopytko was born and raised in Queens and although stationed at Ladder 15 in Manhattan, he never stopped being the boy from the neighborhood who had made good.  He had graduated from St. John's University in Queens and, at the time of his death, was pursuing his Master's Degree in Finance there.  He shall forever remain a part of his neighborhood.  In the summer of 2003, an intersection in Flushing, Queens that is the point of confluence for three separate streets (158th Street, Oak Avenue, and Quince Avenue) was renamed in his honor.   

A tree may very well grow in Brooklyn but a triangle?  It grows only in Queens... as much a credit to its neighborhood as the local hero whose name and memory it honors. much a credit to its neighborhood as the local hero whose name and memory its very existence honors. 


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