September 11 will forever be a dark day in our country’s history. Anyone who experienced that day remembers the exact place they were and what they were doing in the moments leading up to hearing the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Our memories will forever be imprinted with the horrible pain and fear we felt when our country was under attack and we watched as people were dying right in front of us on national television.
That fear has motivated us to trade some of our own freedoms for security. That fear has stoked the flames of some very un-American ideologies furthering the divide in our country.
However, this story isn’t about fear or the politics that followed. It’s about true heroism.
Prior to becoming an actor, Steve Buscemi was a firefighter in New York City. He then went on to become the quirky, talented actor and director we all know but remained supportive of his firefighter brethren. However, in the days that followed September 11, 2001, Buscemi wasn’t an actor. He WAS a firefighter at Ground Zero “digging and sifting through the rubble” trying to save survivors.
In September 2013, Brotherhood of Fire posted the following message accompanying a picture of the actor.
Do you recognize this man? Do you know his name?
Lots of people know he’s an actor, and that his name is Steve Buscemi.
What very few people realize is that he was once one of New York’s Bravest.
In 1976 Steve Buscemi took the FDNY civil service test when he was just 18 years old. In 1980 Steve Buscemi became a New York City Firefighter.
For four years, Buscemi served on one of FDNY’s busiest, Engine Co. 55 in Manhattan’s Little Italy. He later left the fire service to become a successful actor, writer and director.
After 9/11/2001… Brother Buscemi returned to FDNY Engine 55.
On September 12, 2001 and for several days following Brother Steve worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters digging and sifting through the rubble from the World Trade Center looking for survivors.
Very few photographs and no interviews exist because he declined them. He wasn’t there for the publicity.
In 2003 he also gave a speech at a union rally supporting higher wages for firefighters and to stop fire houses from closing. He got arrested along with other firefighters.
Also not very well known is that in 2012 Brother Buscemi showed up in Breezy Point, NY and quietly assisted in the clean-up efforts of the damage and mass destruction left by Super Storm Sandy.
Once a brother, always a brother!
Just so we’re clear… this guy is a Badass !!!
Tip of the helmet Brother Steve!
Steve Buscemi is a class act.
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