A Career Change Made Him a Firefighter

Nov. 22, 2001

Jeffrey Patrick Walz was in the middle of a perfectly good career as an engineer when the call of the fire truck became too loud to ignore.

So, the Tuckahoe, N.Y., resident followed the path blazed by his father and became a New York City firefighter. He worked with Ladder 9 in the East Village.

While some in his unit made it out alive from the crumbling Twin Towers on Sept. 11, Walz did not.

Walz's wife, Rani, said her husband was a big, but sweet man whose pride and joy was their 3-year-old son, Bradley.

--Compiled by Newsday