Devoted to His Job and His Sister

September 17, 2001

Firefighter Michael Weinberg, 34, of Maspeth was off duty, eagerly anticipating a 9:08 a.m. tee time at Forest Park Golf Course Tuesday, a perfect sunlit day for golf.

As he waited at the clubhouse for his starting time, Weinberg heard reports that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

Weinberg had two reasons for throwing his clubs into the back of his sport utility vehicle and rushing into lower Manhattan. First was his loyalty to the New York City Fire Department. Second was his devotion to his sister, Patricia Gambino, who worked on the 72nd floor of Two World Trade Center.

"They saw him running to the car, flying out of there,