April 14, 2002

Michael C. Fiore: Love and Basketball


There was no getting around the basketball. That was a given, right from the start.

When Charlene Kirk met her husband-to-be, Michael C. Fiore, in 1976, he was playing in a half-dozen leagues. He had games six or seven days a week, putting points on the board. About the only way to see a lot of him, she recognized, was to watch him shoot and pull down rebounds. Figuring she was at the games anyway, she became the scorekeeper.

They married and he became a firefighter, eventually joining Rescue Company 5 in Staten Island. They had three children