George DiPasquale: Practiced What
DiPasquale has told enough stories about her firefighter
husband, cried enough tears before strangers. Now, she
wants peace and privacy. Another article about George
DiPasquale? His wife begs a reporter to use what has
already been said about him in his local newspaper, The
Staten Island Advance:
His nickname at Ladder Company 2 in Manhattan was Holy
Man, more respectful than many in the rough-and-tumble
world of a firehouse. The 33-year-old firefighter, one of
10 from the company who raced to duty at 9:09 a.m. on
Sept. 11 and never returned, was known for his faith.
Mr. DiPasquale, an imposing 6-foot-5, was an elder at
the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Mariners
Harbor neighborhood, and shared his thoughts on religion
and hope with his colleagues. He was a man who "practiced
what he preached," said his father-in-law, Michael
Mattei. "What he said, he meant.
Mr. DiPasquale and his wife celebrated their ninth
wedding anniversary in Cape May, N.J., just days before
the attack. "A perfect weekend," Mrs. DiPasquale said.
The couple have a daughter, Georgia Rose, who is 22