Gerald Atwood, Lad.21 Gerald T. Atwood‚ 38‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Ladder 21. An eight-year FDNY veteran‚ Atwood had previously run a renovation business with his brother. The Brooklyn native attended Kingsborough Community College for two years. He enjoyed helping neighbors with home improvement projects and fishing. Atwood’s third child‚ Robert‚ was born this year (2002). Gerald T. Atwood was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1060 in Brooklyn, NY. He was a firefighter with Engine 34, Ladder 21. He was an eight year veteran of the FDNY working out of Hell’s Kitchen. He grew up in the Old Mill Basin neighborhood of Brooklyn. He graduated from South Shore High School and spent two years at Kingsborough Community College. Earlier he ran a renovation business with his brother. His wife Barbara said he possessed an infectious laugh. “He liked simple things, doing projects, sharing tools, helping neighbors with their houses. Or he’d go on trips with his brothers, fishing trips.” He had a wide range of interests and a retentive memory. “He’d read the paper and know everything in it, from politics to sports,” she said. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Barbara, his son Gerald, 2, and his daughter Margaret, 1. Another child was as yet unborn at the time of his passing. Also surviving were his parents, Gerald and Elaine; brothers John, Raymond and Gregory, and sisters Jane and Elaine.