James Gray, a firefighter for the New York Fire Department, was working overtime the morning of Sept. 11 and called home to wish his two daughters a good day at school. "He loved his job as much as he loved us. That was his passion," said his wife, Jean Marie. The former city bus driver had no qualms about leaving his job when he got the FDNY call in October 1996, she said. "He was excited," his wife said. "He wanted the action."