George DiPasquale, Lad. 2 He was a religious man who served as an elder in the Mariner’s Harbor Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. George was known as someone who practiced what he preached. Even his fellow firefighters nicknamed him ‘Holy Man’ because he often shared his faith and hope with others. Some of George’s hobbies were playing basketball and tennis. He enjoyed drawing‚ listening to music and playing the guitar. George DiPasquale was born on September 23‚1967 in the state of New Jersey. By the time he was in high school‚ he stood six feet‚ five inches tall. He attended Port Richmond High School in Staten Island‚ New York and was a member of the basketball team. After graduating high school‚ he attended Western Maryland College. George married his wife on September 12‚ 1992 and was a devoted husband. On December 17‚1999‚ he became a loving father to a 5lb. 14 oz. baby girl. He adored her and loved being a ‘daddy’. George was truly a ‘family man.’ October of 1994 was a proud time for us all when George graduated from the New York City Firefighters Academy. George was a man who truly loved helping people so it was only natural for him to become a firefighter. He was assigned to Ladder Co. 2 located on 51st Street in Manhattan. For over seven years he enjoyed going to work and drew close to his fellow firefighters. He was also studying to take the Lieutenants’ exam in October‚ 2001. On September 11‚ 2001‚ shortly after 9 AM‚ George and nine of his comrades were called to Tower 2 just after it was struck. None of the ten who responded to that call returned home on that terrible day. What can we say about ‘Our George.’ He was very intelligent‚ quiet and serious but with a sense of humor. Friends and family could rely on him because he was a man of his word. He was our ‘Gentle Giant’. He was dearly loved by his family‚ friends and co-workers. George will be sorely missed. He will be remembered as a true hero in the way he lived and the way he died. George was only 33 years old when he was killed‚ just 12 days shy of his 34th birthday.