Firefighter Thomas Gardner was a 16-year veteran working out of Haz-Mat 1 in Maspeth. With fellow Firefighter John Larocchia, he hosted a weekly comedy hour on radio station WGBB-1220AM.

He is survived by wife Liz, nine-year-old daughter Amy, six-year-old son Christopher and grandmother Rose. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani spoke at a memorial service held in his honor in Oceanside, Long Island.