Haz-Mat Co. 1 was trained and ready to handle every form of terrorism that might strike New York City. From a Sarin attack to biological warfare and chemical bomb, Haz-Mat 1 firefighters know how to find it, test for it and kill it.

Nobody asked founding member and Lt. John Crisci to prepare for an airplane slamming into a building.

Crisci, a 26-year firefighter and Holbrook resident, was on his way home when the alarm sounded Sept. 11, and jumped on the first rig heading into lower Manhattan. His Maspeth firehouse is the hardest hit of any in the city, with 18 members lost from two companies.

So it helped when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani came to his wake in Centereach last week, offering a prayer and some words of thanks and respect, said Crisci's chauffeur, neighbor and friend, Rick Gimbl.

"He also told John's boys that their father was a great hero and that they should stand proud," Gimbl said.

Crisci leaves three boys behind: John, 18, a college freshman; Michael, 15, and Joey, 13. He is also survived by his wife, Raffaella, and his brother, Leonard, a retired member of the city police department