Andre Fletcher: Type
and Zackary Fletcher were the only African-American twins
in the Fire Department. Both rushed to the World Trade
Center; Andre Fletcher never returned.
"We both have Type A-plus personalities," said Zackary
Fletcher, who works at Engine Company 4 in Manhattan.
"Anything that reeks of excitement, adventure and danger.
That was us." Andre Fletcher, 37, was a member of Rescue
Company 5 in Staten Island.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Andre Fletcher
attended the Bronx High School of Science, but later
transferred to Brooklyn Technical High School to be near
his brother and to play on the sports teams, which Bronx
Science did not have. In 1994, both brothers joined the
Fire Department. When he learned that the department had
no baseball team, Andre Fletcher organized one. On the
department football team, both played the same positions:
wide receiver and defensive back.
Today, Zackary Fletcher is watching out for Andre's
son, Blair, 12. He also talks of dreams, now dashed, that
the two brothers had of modeling in tandem for TV
commercials. The two had located an agent and were
planning a trip to California to sell themselves.
Zackary Fletcher said his parents, Lunsford and
Monica, were having a hard time, but it was especially
difficult for him: "I miss him more than anyone