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    About Arthur

    Arthur Barry, 35, firefighter, traveled through North America

    He was in Manhattan by chance on Sept. 11


    Wednesday, October 10, 2001
    By FRANK WILLIAMS
    ADVANCE STAFF WRITER


    Firefighter Arthur T. Barry enjoyed his freedom.

    The 35-year-old spent much of his youth zooming across the American continent on many road trips, all the way to California.

    Last year he took a 10,000-mile motorcycle tour diagonally through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska, and then returned across the northern United States. It took him about a month to eat all that road.

    But Mr. Barry's triumphant adventures came to a tragic end on Sept. 11.

    The lifelong resident of Westerleigh, a member of Lower Manhattan's Ladder Co. 15, was on vacation that day. Mr. Barry, who was a handy mechanic, rode the Staten Island Ferry into the city just to drop off a heavy-duty machine at his firehouse near the South Street Seaport.

    Arriving after the company had responded to the attack on the World Trade Center's Tower 1, he found a friend, Firefighter Eric Olsen, and the two of them walked to the scene of the disaster.

    Mr. Barry, who remains among the missing, was last seen entering the first tower that was struck.

    His sister, Dr. Patricia A. Barry Cosgrove, and her husband, Dr. John Cosgrove, also responded to the tragic event by administering to the survivors and the rescuers.

    Mr. Barry joined the Fire Department in 1993 and was first assigned to Ladder Co. 118 in Brooklyn. He transferred to Ladder Co. 15 a year later.

    Before the Fire Department, he worked as an elevator mechanic for Advance Elevator, New Brunswick, N.J., and a machine-tool technician for A-1 Machine and Tool Co., Elizabeth, N.J.

    A graduate of Blessed Sacrament School, West Brighton, and Susan Wagner High School, he attended New York City Technical College, Manhattan.

    Mr. Barry was a member of the Fire Department's Holy Name Society, Emerald Society and Viking Association.

    He enjoyed swimming and not only went on road trips, but often flew to many destinations all over the country.

    Mr. Barry was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, West Brighton.

    In addition to his sister, Patricia, surviving are his parents, Audriene and Bertrand F.; his brother, Bertrand A., and two more sisters, Dr. Kathleen M. Poss and Clare E. Skarda.
    Last edited by Chris; 01-05-2002 at 12:10 PM.

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