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    About Sean

    Had second thoughts about being a firefighter a fewyears ago when three friends died in the line of duty. But Hanley, whose two grandfathers,father and a brother were firefighters, decided the job was in his blood. He had just finishedhis night shift when he heard the World Trade Center was ablaze, and he rushed to the scene.


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    Sean S. Hanley, 35, third-generation firefighter

    Monday, September 17, 2001
    By KATHLEEN LUCADAMO

    Sean S. Hanley heard stories about his grandfather's untimely death battling a blaze, but became a firefighter anyway. He contemplated a second career a few years ago when his three firehouse buddies died in line of duty, but decided being a firefighter was in his blood -- no matter what the risk.

    On Tuesday, that call to service brought the 35-year-old Bulls Head resident to Lower Manhattan minutes after he signed off for the day. The lifelong Staten Islander finished his night shift as a firefighter with Ladder Co. 20 in the SoHo section of Manhattan and planned to stop by his friend's midtown office.

    As he drove away in his black truck at around 8:45 a.m., Mr. Hanley flipped on the radio and heard that the Twin Towers were on fire; he rushed directly to the World Trade Center.

    Family had heard little about his whereabouts or condition until fire officials confirmed Mr. Hanley's death on Saturday.

    "He was a soft-hearted guy who would cry at the drop of a hat, yet he would go and fight for whoever needed it," said his father, Gerald, a retired firefighter from Engine 151 in Tottenville. "He was All-American, just like all the boys who went down."

    Mr. Hanley comes from a long line of firefighters. His paternal grandfather, Gerald, died on Dec. 13, 1939, after fighting a fire with Engine Co. 282 in Brooklyn. He wore the shield number of his late maternal grandfather, Sanford Degon, who was also a firefighter with Ladder 20. His brother, Bryan Thomas Hanley, is a retired firefighter from Ladder Co. 101 in Brooklyn.

    In addition to his brother and his father, Gerald, surviving are his mother, the former Patricia Degon; two more brothers, Gerald Jr. and Kevin; his maternal grandmother, Ann Degon, and his paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Hanley.

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