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Firefighter Robert J. Cordice

Squad 1, Engine 152, FDNY

Firefighter Cordice's Act of Heroism

Over 400 first responders lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Heroically performing their sworn duty, these firefighters, members of the NYPD and PAPD, and numerous other rescue workers will forever be remembered for their sacrifice.

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Robert Cordice, 28, of New York, was a firefighter who transferred to another firehouse two weeks before the attacks at the World Trade Center because he wanted to be closer to the action. "It's no surprise that he was in the building when it collapsed," said his friend, firefighter John Deliso. "He was the type of guy who wasn't worried about himself."

Cordice was a policeman before joining the Fire Department. Deliso said Cordice was the kind of friend who "would do anything for you." His friends repaid the loyalty. "All his friends loved him very much," said his mother, Caroline Calicchio Cordice. "He was a very funny, very positive, very honest and loving son."

Information courtesy of the Remember 9/11/2001 memorial site on


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