This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Vincent Brunton, FDNY, Ladder 105, who was killed on September 11, 2001. “Vinny started working here when he was just a kid old enough to serve beer,” says Jimmy Houlihan, co-owner of Farrell’s, the quintessential neighborhood tavern that still serves as a mini town hall in that enduring neighborhood. “He took the fire test, passed, went on the job, got married, had kids and kept working here all these years, even as he rose in the FDNY to lieutenant and then captain. He was always a perfect gentleman behind the bar. A sweeter guy you never met. Tough, funny, loyal, brave, honest. What could I say? I’d have trusted him with my life.”
A lot of people who never met Vinny Brunton also trusted him with their lives, and in return he ran into flaming and smoking buildings to save them. He did the same thing Sept. 11, and no trace of him has been found. But those who knew him take comfort in knowing that his life was much larger than any coffin could ever contain.