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New York Fire Department Captain, John Vigiano Sr., dies at age 79. He was part of the fire and rescue crew during the 9/11 terrorist attacks but despite the immense loss he, along with the rest of America, felt during that tragic day, both of his sons, John Jr. (who worked in the Fire Dept. as well) and Joseph (a police detective), died in the wreckage of 9/11.
Vigiano was a former Marine and decorated retired FDNY Captain who had joined the ranks in 1962. He served as a firefighter in Ladder Co. 103, a lieutenant in Rescue Co. 2 and as captain of Ladder Co. 176. He had retired from the Fire Department in 1998 with 36 years of service, all in Brooklyn. Vigiano had been battling cancer for the last few years of his life and had sadly passed away on Sunday (7/8/18).
John had taken great pride in the fact that his sons had followed him into the service but was devastated when they were among the first responders who had passed away in the ashes of the World Trade Center. He had rummaged tirelessly through the wreckage to find them but unfortunately was unsuccessful.
Vigiano was receiving hospice care at his Deer Park home the last two weeks of his life, but one of his visitors-Congressman Peter King-said the proud military veteran was “very much at peace. He knew he was dying. He was not in pain.”. Despite the sadness his family must feel, they may feel relief in knowing that he will be reunited with his sons at last. America emphasizes their deepest condolences in the passing of a hero and our prayers are with his loved ones and it is evident that he will surely be missed.