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    Bio from NY Times

    John Vigiano and Joseph Vigiano: Growing Up Right

    Maybe there was something in the water.

    For some reason, perhaps a dozen men who came of age during the 1970's and 80's in Deer Park, N.Y., developed an appetite for civic duty. They became New York City police officers and firefighters in their professional lives, and volunteer firefighters with Engine Company No. 2 in Deer Park in their personal ones. They called it the Deer Park Connection, and Firefighter John Vigiano and Detective Joseph Vigiano, two of the tightest brothers you could ever find, were among the best-liked and most accomplished members.

    Both followed the unwritten manual on growing up right in Deer Park, said their father, John Vigiano, a retired captain in the New York City Fire Department. They were active in sports. They became Eagle Scouts. They hatched pranks that were wicked in their creativity but gentle in their impact. "They never embarrassed me," said Captain Vigiano. "They were good fathers, good husbands and they were good men.

    John Vigiano, at 36, was older by two years, though his brother never let him forget that he was also four inches shorter and maybe 30 pounds lighter, too. John was the quieter of the two, and spent as much time as possible with his two young daughters, his father said. He was a terrific hockey player (and rabid Rangers fan) and he would occasionally rent out an entire rink for his family, his brother's family and a few other friends.

    Joseph Vigiano, who was known as Joey, loved to mug for the cameras and played lacrosse on the Police Department team, said his wife, Kathy, a fellow police officer. On the job, he was commended for his bravery: he survived being shot on three different occasions. At home, he taught his two boys how to build derby cars of pine. Eventually, he was going to do the same with his youngest son, now 6 months old.

    For now, the Vigianos are collecting anecdotes and tributes from friends and relatives on a new Web site, www.vigiano.com. Here, presumably, is one of the last stories: On the Sunday before Sept. 11, Kathy Vigiano returned home after the first game of the season in her soccer league, bruised and tired. She was prepared to make dinner, but instead, she saw that her husband had fixed prime rib, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, and broccoli with cheese

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    I knew John from riding with his truck company. I am a career firefirefighter from Reading, PA. John was an absolute blast to hangout with while i rode. i would ride for a nite and he would sit up and talk till early hours of the morning. I was working a day tour when the the attack came on the news. I could only think about John and all of my brothers with the FDNY. I wouls keep in contact with John on a weekly basis. As i began to read all the names of the members of the FDNY that made the ultimate sacrifice that day in September. I have not gone back to 132 Truck since the tragic events of 9-11. I suppose for two reasons: I feel that a time of berevement is a neccessity and also because of John is not with his company. Every nite I say a prayer for my brothers and I can only imagine how difficult this is for the members of FDNY. I hope and pray that with time some wounds will heal. Until 9-11 society did not know our job, a job that has been dangerous for over 200 years. To the members of FDNY our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Your brothers of Reading Professional Firefighters LOcal 1803.

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    I knew John from riding with his truck company. I am a career firefirefighter from Reading, PA. John was an absolute blast to hangout when I rode with 132 Truck. I learned alot from watching John and the other members of his company. I came on the job shortly thereafter, I now realize this is the best job in the world. I would ride for a nite and he would sit up and talk till early hours of the morning. I was working a day tour when the the attack came on the news. I could only think about John and all of my brothers with the FDNY. Two members from our department are also working in FDNY: 126 Truck, Ray Wertz and 163 Engine, Scott Lyons. I always understood this is the most dangerous job in the world but having lost someone close to me-the danger takes on a new reality. I would keep in contact with John on a weekly basis. As I began to read all the names of the members of the FDNY that made the ultimate sacrifice that day in September, as I saw John's name on the list much heart fell into my stomach. I have not gone back to 132 Truck since the tragic events of 9-11. I suppose for two reasons: I feel that a time of berevement is a neccessity and also because of John is not with his company. Every night I say a prayer for my brothers and I can only imagine how difficult this is for the members of FDNY. I hope and pray that with time some wounds will heal. Until 9-11 society did not know our job, a job that has been dangerous for over 200 years. To the members of FDNY: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Your brothers of Reading Professional Firefighters Local 1803.

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