The FDNY "Wall of Heroes" - honors those who died in the line of duty (L.O.D.D.)
It has now been over 7 years since that miserable winter blizzard and infamous Bronx "Black Sunday" fire where, because illegally installed partitions blocked ALL the available fire escapes Joey DiBernardo Jr. and 5 other brother FDNY firefighters were forced to "bail-out" and jump from the top floors of a 5-story burning building to the frozen concrete below.
Sadly, this last November 22, 2011, at 40 years young, Joey DiBernardo unexpectedly died. As courageous as a firefighter who Joey was, he tragically succumbed to his injuries and the related health complications sustained many years ago while fighting the "Black Sunday" fire.
When the news broke of Joey's death speculations of suicide began to spread, yet were all soon proven to be incorrect, false and/or unfounded. Joey's death wasn't a suicide. As a matter of fact joy and a real sense of purpose were returning into Joey's life. He had his education and future planned. He loved his family, his friends, his brother and sister firefighters and the fire departments he served. He completely enjoyed being an Uncle and Godfather to his young niece Gabriella. And besides, anyone who knew Joey knows this... that he would never, ever leave any of his loved ones behind, including his dog "Rescue".
The official cause of death ruled by the coroner was as an accidental overdose of painkillers and anti-depressants.
Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph DiBernardo said this of his son...
"The reason he was on medications was pain. The pain was caused by Black Sunday. If there was no Black Sunday, my son would be here today." Joe Sr. is on a mission to honorably close the final chapter of the Black Sunday story for his son. "All those heroes on that wall. Joey belongs there. And he won't rest in peace until his name is there. And neither will I."
HONOR our BROTHER
*** Please do the right thing and include Lt. Joseph DiBernardo on the "Wall of Heroes" ***
Joey is a true FDNY "Hero" and deserves L.O.D.D. recognition
RFB - Remember Fallen Brothers