Joe Callan: Fire Chief

Joe Callan.

By Irish America Staff
April / May 2002

Chief Joe Callan, a veteran firefighter from the Bronx, was taking command at the North Tower when the South Tower collapsed. Amidst the terror and confusion, Callan drew widespread respect for the calm demeanor and judgement he displayed following the collapse. He was trapped with his firefighters in the lobby of the North Tower but managed to get to safety as the building came down.

He was later honored for his actions by being asked to represent the New York Fire Department in a Remembrance Sunday ceremony held on November 11th in London, which was attended by the Queen and many other British dignitaries. Callan marched with members of the Firefighters’ Memorial Trust and afterwards said to British journalists, “It’s a very poignant ceremony because of what happened on September 11. I’ve never felt such warmth and energy. I’m very proud and honored to march with people here. The people in England are so nice and supportive.” ♦

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