Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Bull

FF Christopher Mozzillo
Engine 55 - FDNY

FF Christopher Mozzillo, a member of Engine Co. 55 in Little Italy, had been part of the FDNY for slightly less than two years when he and his brothers  - already out of their house and responding to a gas leak when the first jet slammed into the North Tower - roared to the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  It was there that FF Mozzillo died.  He was just twenty-seven years old.  

His sister, Pamela, lovingly referred to her brother as "fearless" although never "reckless" in his avid pursuit of recreational activities ranging from skiing in Vermont to scuba diving off of Florida.  He loved life and it - and the people who knew him - loved him right back.  

He was the son of a firefighter and he eagerly followed in the footsteps of his dad, Michael, who cherished his son and the man that he had become at least as much as Christopher cherished his father. An unbreakable bond is what these two shared, not only in the all-too-brief life that Christopher was permitted to live but forever.  

Having never had the opportunity to meet FF Mozzillo, I cannot shake the feeling that not having done so is my loss...

...and that his having been in this world was everyone's gain. 

Down these mean streets a man must go,
Who is not himself mean, 
Who is neither tarnished nor afraid.
- Raymond Chandler


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