Firefighter Left Love Notes For Wife

Nov. 29, 2001

"I can't begin to tell you how much I love you. Words are inadequate," Joseph D. Farrelly wrote on Sept. 10 before embarking on a 24-hour shift.

That would be the last of many love notes the 47-year-old Staten Island man would write to his wife, Stacey, before leaving for work as a New York City firefighter at Engine Co. 4 at the South Street Seaport. His family believes his company was one of the first to respond to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. He never came home.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Ryan and Devin; a daughter, Juliann; his parents, Joseph and Theresa, and three brothers, Dennis, Patrick and Michael.

--Compiled by Newsday

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