Saturday, May 05, 2007


Steve's "Real Hero" Of The Week!

There are many "potential heroes" walking amongst us today, and every day, in our service, as police officers and firefighters. Outstanding people "driven" with a need "to serve". They have all risked their lives to help others at some point in their careers, and do so willingly. I salute them.

Today's "Real Hero" Of The Week! epitomizes the "selflessness" that our dedicated "Cops" and "Firemen" possess.

Walter G. Hynes

He Loved His Family and the Law

September 17, 2001

Walter G. Hynes, a New York Fire Department captain and attorney who was well-known in the Rockaways, was among the many firefighers from his neighborhood who died in the World Trade Center collapse. He was 46.

"He loved having his family around,” his brother-in-law, Fire Lt. Tom Farragher, said yesterday.

Farragher recalled him as a popular figure in the community, who enjoyed taking his three daughters each year to Disney World.

"He was very social. He just loved life.”

Farragher said Hynes, a Belle Harbor resident who first moved to the Rockaways when he was 14, died when Tower Two collapsed Tuesday.

Hynes, who worked in Ladder Co. 13 on the Upper East Side, got his law degree by taking evening classes at St. John's University.

When neighborhood residents had a legal problem, they sought him out first and often got advice for free, Farragher said, adding, "He loved helping people.”

Hynes joined the fire department in 1979, working as a firefighter and then a lieutenant in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood before his promotion to captain.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society, the Emerald Society and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Veronica; his children, Caitlin, 12, Kerry, 11, and Deirdre, 8; his mother, Margaret, of Rockaway Beach; and his sister, Patricia Hynes, of Belle Harbor.

-- Paul Moses (Newsday)

Oct. 2, 2001

When firefighters were ordered to evacuate the World Trade Center's north tower, Capt. Walter Hynes, leader of Ladder Co. 13, was with his men as they descended the stairs.

Somewhere on the way down, they found about 50 people in distress and tried to help them leave. Many never made it, including Hynes, a man who always made time for others.

"His greatest personal quality was his generosity of time, spirit and even his money," recalled his brother-in-law, Richard Fanning. "He was always the first guy to pick up a restaurant check or a bar tab."

In addition to being a firefighter for 22 years, Hynes, 46, of Belle Harbor, N.Y., was a practicing attorney, Fanning said.

"He was widely known throughout the community and throughout the fire department for being able and willing to provide free legal advice," Fanning said. "Walter seemed to have an inexhaustible reserve of time. He never turned down a favor."

Hynes met his wife, Veronica, while helping Fanning move to a new apartment 17 years ago.

Around the neighborhood, Fanning said, Hynes and his three grammar school-age daughters were known as "Walter and His Ladies."

--Ted Gregory (The Chicago Tribune)

Talk about a "Real Hero". Barry Bonds, you don't even come "close". Men like Walter are a credit to their parents, and their country. I have the "highest respect" for them. "Rest In Peace", Walter, you "Will Not Be Forgotten".


An unidentified New York City firefighter wipes his eye at the end of a funeral for Captain Walter Hynes of Ladder Co. 13 at the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Queens, New York, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001. Hynes was killed during the collapse of the World Trade Center towers which were destroyed after being struck by two planes in a terrorist attack on September 11.


Sporting an American flag, Brennan Savage, center, 5-years-old, and his father, New York City firefighter Brennan Savage Sr., right, of Ladder Co. 137 in Queens, salute the coffin (unseen) of Captain Walter Hynes of Ladder Co. 13 outside of the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church following the funeral service in New York.


New York City firefighters carry the coffin of Captain Walter Hynes of Ladder Co. 13 as his wife Veronica, second from right, and three daughters Kaitlyn, right, Kerri, third from right, and Deirdre, bottom center, leave the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church following the funeral service.


New York City firefighters carry the coffin of Captain Walter Hynes of Ladder Co. 13 from the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church following his funeral service.


Captain Walter Hynes. "All Gave Some", but "Some Gave All".

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