FDNY Lieutenant Was Supposed to Be at Fire School

Nov. 28, 2001

Harvey Harrell Jr., 49, was a fire lieutenant, hazardous waste responder and rescue diver who inspired his younger brother Stephen to become a firefighter. Both brothers perished trying to save others trapped in the World Trade Center.

During his 22 years with the FDNY, Harrell was involved with many major emergency operations. He was among those who responded to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. In 1996, when TWA Flight 800 crashed off Long Island, he was called away from vacation to work as a rescue diver.

On Sept. 11, Harrell was supposed to be in a fire department training class. His wife, Rachel, doesn