A Born Firefighter

Dec. 3, 2001

It seems as though Dennis P. McHugh, 34, of Sparkill, N.Y., was born to be a firefighter. Dermid Kelly remembers meeting McHugh in the second grade and watching him slide down the fireman's pole in the school playground -- head first. Michael McHugh remembers a brother with a wicked sense of humor who abandoned a career in finance to be a firefighter.

McHugh, a member of Ladder Co. 13 in New York City, responded to the World Trade Center disaster. His brother, Tom, a fire marshal with the New York Fire Department, said his brother always lent a sympathetic ear in times of distress.

In addition to Tom and Michael, McHugh is survived by another brother, Brendan; wife, Una; children Chloe, Joseph and Sophia, and parents Michael and Olivia.

--Compiled by Newsday