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John Collins
Age: 42
Occupation:
Worked for: FDNY
Originally from: Franklin Township, NJ
Resided in: Bronx, NY
School: Immaculata High Somerville, NJ
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John Collins was FDNY and Franklin's best. God bless him and his wonderful family. He will not be forgotten.
-- Sean Rogan (Neighbor)
10 Nov 2001

From NY Times Nov 6, 2001

'Future Fireman at Age 4'

When John Collins was 4 years old, his father took him to a Bronx firehouse. That is when he decided what he wanted to do. It took a while, with entrance exams delayed because of a legal dispute, so he joined the Police Department first before becoming a fireman in 1990.

The oldest of five children, Mr. Collins, 42, organized family events, like two weeks each year on Long Beach Island in New Jersey, or a benefit concert on the aircraft carrier Intrepid in Manhattan, followed by a night on the town with his sisters and their husbands. He lived in the Bronx, lifted weights and bought groceries for neighbors who were down on their luck.

He never talked much about his work, his sister Eileen Byrne recalled, because he did not want to worry his parents. "We teased him, said he was the only fireman who never went to a fire," she said.

That is not how they remember him at Ladder Company 25 on 77th Street. On Sept. 11, he was supposed to go to another firehouse to fill in. It was called out before he could get there. When Ladder 25 was called, he jumped on the engine. "We had seven firemen on the rig instead of six," said another fireman, Matt O'Hanlon.
-- Anon ()
22 Nov 2001

John was all anyone could ask for in a big brother. He was smiles and good times and was always good for a laugh. He cared deeply for his family, friends and the FDNY. However, he also showed love for the less fortunate among us, always doing what he could, either giving money or giving time. He gave all he could on September 11th in an effort to save all he could. God knows we will miss you forever. I love you, Johnny.
-- Eileen Collins Byrne (Sister {})
01 Oct 2002

-W. 238th St. & Review Place in the Bronx has been renamed..."John M. Collins Place" and there was a "full house" at this tribute to someone who always put everyone else first and wanted nothing in return. Your family, friends and comrades have treasured our time spent with you and will never forget you.......We'll see you again, dear friend.........

The 238th. St. Crew
-- James O'Neill (Friend {})
01 Oct 2005

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