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thank you for all your hard work for trying to help others even though you knew your life was on the line and went in any ways i wish there were more people like you

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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Staten Island, NY
Location on 9/11:
Fire Department of New York | Firefighter, Engine 235

FDNY Memorial Day Book


Francis Esposito was a rookie firefighter with a passion for playing pool with his brothers and father, taking his boat out for a spin and riding his meticulously-kept midnight-blue Harley-Davidson with the fringe and saddlebags, said his cousin Catherine McKeever.

Before joining the Fire Department, he was a taper, putting up wallboard, and excelled at that job, she said.

Firefighter Esposito, 32, of Tottenville, Staten Island, went by Frankie, and his older brother decided to name his first child that. It didn't matter that his first child was a girl. "She loves it," said Ms. McKeever, who knows young Frankie idolized her uncle. "She loved him so much. The name just fits her," she said.

She remembers family gatherings when she and her cousins were younger. "Frankie would be like a little rascal, always in the midst of trouble with his brothers," said Ms. McKeever, who lost another cousin, Lt. Michael Esposito, at the trade center. "Wherever there was trouble, they were there." She remembers them throwing clothes out the window, and throwing their little brother down the laundry chute.

"They grew up, but they never changed," she said. "They were too much; they were all comedians."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on March 8, 2003.