ROBERT CURATOLO: Image Captured in
brothers -- two firefighters and a police officer -- went
to ground zero on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to search for the
fourth: Robert Curatolo, 31, a firefighter and the baby
of the family, married only three weeks. They had a
pretty good idea where he was, because rescuers had
already found the helmet of the lieutenant he had been
with. Rescuers had also, it turned out, found Mr.
Curatolo's body, under a firetruck. The brothers were
told it would be better if someone else made the ID.
Quiet Robert, funny Robert, Robert who ironed his
clothes and worked two jobs. "He was the cautious one, I
was the wild one; I still can't believe this happened,"
said Billy Curatolo, a firefighter with Engine 243 in
Robert Curatolo, who lived in Staten Island, was off
duty when the towers were hit, one of the guys whose
shift ended at 9 a.m. He hitched a ride to the scene with
a 19th Precinct car. After the first building collapsed
he was seen dragging a man with two broken legs to
safety, then &emdash; in an eerie photo snapped by
another firefighter &emdash; heading back to the second
building. That is the last image his brothers have of
"We always have birthday parties for the nieces and
the nephews and he was always late and always &emdash;
since he was a teenager &emdash; he would arrive saying,
`Hello, my fans!" said brother Anthony, the cop.
"He was always late to everything," said his brother
Billy. "Except the World Trade Center. He gets there on