GARY BOX: The Barber of Squad
Box was a funny man, a big kid, a roughhouser who liked
laughter and pranks. When he came to the Squad 1
firehouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn, last year, he
convinced everyone there that his previous profession had
been that of a barber for a funeral home.
The men believed him, and in his tenure, Mr. Box, 37,
managed to brutalize the coiffures of every man in the
house. "If you wanted a crew cut, he gave you a Mohawk,"
said his friend, Steve Iola. Eventually Mr. Box got good
with the scissors and the men bought him a barber
But his humor had a limit. When the men made cracks
about their wives, all Mr. Box would say was: "What can I
say, man? I love her." Her name is Kathleen; their
children are Dalton and Bridget.
"As the other firemen make their way up to the Pearly
Gates," said Lt. Dennis Farrell, "Gary Box will be there
dumping buckets of water on their heads."