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Peter J. Ganci, Jr
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- JMW
 Added: May. 27, 2014
 

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- JMW
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 
Remembering you on this Veteran's Day.
- Amy Caddell
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
 

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-Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 5, 2013
 
Remembering you nearly twelve years ago!
- tabbycatsrock
 Added: Sep. 1, 2013
 

- JMW
 Added: Jul. 11, 2013
 

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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Feb. 3, 2013
 

- JMW
 Added: Dec. 21, 2012
 
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Chief!
- tabbycatsrock
 Added: Dec. 12, 2012
 
~belated birthday greetings chief~celebrating in heaven~blessings~
- JMW
 Added: Nov. 4, 2012
 
Dear Chief Ganci,I am so sorry for how you lost your life but I thank you for your sacrifice. America is a sadder place without you.
- Heidi Dietrich
 Added: Nov. 3, 2012
 

- Broken~♥~Heart
 Added: Oct. 22, 2012
 

- JMW
 Added: Oct. 19, 2012
 

- Memorials146
 Added: Oct. 14, 2012
 

- JMW
 Added: Oct. 1, 2012
 

- SerenityNow
 Added: Oct. 29, 2011
 
Take care, Chief!
-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 31, 2011
 
RIP Pete
- Eunice
 Added: Sep. 11, 2010
 

- Eunice
 Added: Nov. 23, 2009
 
Rest in Peace...
- GRP
 Added: Sep. 29, 2009
 

- Hughes Family
 Added: Nov. 12, 2008
 
Never Forgotten
- Havens Gate 333 (inactive)
 Added: Sep. 5, 2006
 
Lord have mercy!
- Havens Gate 333 (inactive)
 Added: Sep. 5, 2006
 

- Havens Gate 333 (inactive)
 Added: Sep. 5, 2006
 

- Paul1957
 Added: Nov. 20, 2005
 
Rest In Peace Peter
- PaulineNozerosBabyGirl
 Added: Aug. 6, 2005
 

- haley
 Added: Sep. 19, 2004
 
rest in peace your all hero`s to the ganci family from the contessa family our thoughts are with you
- ed contessa
 Added: May. 19, 2004
 

- haley
 Added: May. 18, 2004
 
may you find peace in heaven
-Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 5, 2002
 
Peter Ganci was the kind of guy who wouldn't dream of letting on that he was the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the New York City Fire Department.

"I'm a fireman, the department chief would tell people who asked about his profession.

On Tuesday, Ganci died as he lived, working side by side with his troops as they dug out survivors of the blast at the World Trade Center.

"He was in the war zone, said his son, Christopher Ganci, 25. "He wanted to be with the guys.

He's always been that way. In the Farmingdale Fire Department as a volunteer. In the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper. And in the New York City Fire Department, where he served for 33 years and was decorated repeatedly for bravery.

"He loved the brotherhood and the camaraderie, said Ganci's son, Peter III, 27. "It got in his blood, and he wouldn't leave.

Ganci's sons and two longtime friends, Dan Nickola of Farmingdale and Dan Ruesterholz of North Massapequa, gathered yesterday outside the garage of the family's North Massapequa home. They leaned on a white sedan, their sentences sometimes interrupted by wails of grief.

"He could be speaking with the president or a cab driver and he would respect them the same, said Nickola, who had known Ganci since their childhood in Farmingdale.

The group described a man who had a passion for clamming, crabbing and golf outings, who was a straightshooter in conversation, who valued his job as much as his family.

Immediately after a jet struck the first tower, Ganci, 54, rushed to the scene from his command post in downtown Brooklyn and started the rescue effort. He was in the basement of Tower One when it collapsed. Rubble caved in on him, but he dug himself out.

Ganci directed the mayor, the fire commissioners and others to clear out of the area because it was apparent the second tower would fall.

But he ignored his own order along with the Rev. Mychal Judge, the city fire department chaplain, and William Feehan, first deputy commissioner of the fire department. "I'm not leaving my men, Ganci said, according to firefighters on the scene.

Then the tower collapsed. Ganci's fire team pulled his lifeless body from the rubble. Judge and Feehan also perished.

"He had no business being there, said son Peter, also a New York City firefighter.

But as the events of yesterday unfolded, Peter and Christopher knew their father was probably inside the building when it collapsed. That's just the way he was.

Their fears were confirmed about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when New York City police came to the home where Ganci lived with his sons, his daughter, Danielle, 22, and his wife, Kathleen, to deliver the news.

Danielle and Kathleen stayed up all night crying. Christopher and Peter are trying to be strong.

The sons stayed outside the house yesterday to greet the firefighters, neighbors and family who poured into the home to pay their respects.

"Your father was a hero, said a woman standing off to the side of the sons.

Peter looked at the ground and mumbled, "That doesn't do me any good though.

The fire chief is also survived by two sisters, Mary Dougherty and Ellen Ganci, and two brothers, Dan and Jim.


-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 16, 2001
 
REST IN PEACE
- William Barritt
 Added: Oct. 23, 2001
 

When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;

Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child before it is too late

Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,

And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,

To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.

And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life;

Please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.

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- Patty
 Added: Oct. 16, 2001
 

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- Erik Lander
 Added: Sep. 15, 2001
 
 
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