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    Louis Arena

    Louis Arena
    Status: Found
    Jurisdiction: Manhattan
    Rank: Firefighter
    Agency: FDNY
    Unit: Ladder 5
    Funeral Information:
    Laid to Rest Wednesday, September 19, 2001

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    From NY Post Online:
    Firefighter Arena, 27, whose funeral started late so that shaken colleague's at Santore's funeral could rush across town to make it. Arena died when a building collapsed while he was trying to rescue a woman in a wheelchair.

    During the service, his widow, Wanda, clutched her husband's helmet, their 4-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son sitting on either side of her.

    Ladder 5 firefighter Greg Wasserman said he and Arena frequently sat up late at the firehouse talking about their families.

    "We all become firefighters to help people. Louis stood out because of his dedication," Wasserman said. "There was never a task too hard or a broken part he couldn't fix."

    Associated Press

    LOUIS ARENA, 32, of New York, a firefighter with the New York fire department, died trying to help others. ``It's so typical of him. He was always helping people,'' said his wife, Wanda. ``He was not concerned about himself.'' It was a trait he developed early. His sister, JoAnn Arena-Eisinger, recalled telling her then-3-year-old brother that she was hungry one day. ``He walked down to the (store), got a loaf of bread and walked out with it,'' she said. He brought it home to her. ``You said you needed something, you got it,'' Arena-Eisinger said.

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