His application to join Staten Island’s Elite Rescue 5 team was accepted. His life long dream was realized.
Whitford was a member of Manhattan’s Engine Co. 23. As the chauffeur of his firefighting brigade, it was his duty to remain with the truck… but when news received them of the attacks on the World Trade Center neither him, nor any of the six members of his company hesitated the call for rescue.
His wife Renee remembers his fighting and captivating spirit. “He was incredibly happy. That’s why he didn’t stay with the truck. It was in his blood. He was a rescuer,” she said.
Timothy and Mattthew will grow up knowing that their father valiantly died while trying to save others at the world Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
Whitford graduated from Tottenville High School in 1989 in Staten Island as the 3x PSAL Wrestling Champion in his weight class from 1987-1989. He went on to study at Seton Hall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, graduating in 1993 with two Eastern Regional Wrestling Championship Titles in 1992 and 1993, and as a two-time NCAA qualifier.
It was his calling.
We will never forget.
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