Gregory T. Saucedo had been with Ladder Co. 5 in Greenwich Village for the past two years. He previously served nine years with Engine Co. 321 in Brooklyn. Saucedo, 31, was born and raised in Old Mill Basin, Brooklyn, and was graduated from South Shore High School. With aspirations to teach, he earned a bachelor's degree in education from Brooklyn College.

Saucedo was a gregarious, energetic person who made even the most mundane activity entertaining and fun, said his brother, Christopher. A fitness buff who kept himself in outstanding physical condition, he had no qualms about pushing his body to extremes. After surgery five years ago to repair an injured knee, for example, he was back running seven-minute miles in no time.

Saucedo is survived by brothers Christopher, Stephen and Paul; nieces Felicia and Jillian, and nephews Michael and Paul.