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Fallen Brothers» Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino

Robert Beddia

Joseph Graffagnino
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Beddia and Graffagnino families, and the Fire Department of New York City. FireFighter Robert Beddia, 53, a 23 year veteran of the FDNY, assigned to Engine 24, and FireFighter Joseph Graffagnino, 34, an 8 year veteran of the FDNY, assigned to Ladder 5, died Saturday August 18, 2007. Robert and Joseph were operating on the 14th floor of the Deutsche Bank Building, a vacant 40-story high-rise on the south side of Ground Zero adjacent to the FDNY Ten House, when they became trapped in 'maze-like' conditions and were overcome after running out of air. They were rescued and transported to NY Downtown Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries shortly after. The seven-alarm fire drew over 250 firefighters from 70 companies and was brought under control after 8 hours.

     A visitation will be held for Joseph on Tuesday August 21, 2007 2-5PM and 7-10PM at Andrew Torregrossa & Sons Funeral Home in Brooklyn. A funeral will be held for Joseph on Thursday August 23, 2007 10AM at St. Ephrem's Church in Brooklyn.

     A visitation will be held for Robert on Wednesday August 22, 2007 2-5PM and 7-9PM at Harmon Funeral Home in Staten Island. A funeral will be held for Robert on Friday August 23, 2007 9:45AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

Memorial information will be posted when it is released.

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