Ret. Firefighter Jimmy Lanza Ladder 143
Photo by Stephen Symbolik
Retired Firefighter Jimmy Lanza, L43, a Vietnam veteran, was appointed to the FDNY on January 13, 1979 and retired on April 4, 2007, serving 28 years. His firehouse, Engine 53, Ladder 43, is known as El Barrio’s Bravest and is in East Harlem. Jimmy was involved with rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site where he, and fellow firefighters, pulled 16 people out of the rubble alive. The survivors had been in what is now known as Miracle Stairwell B. Afterward, Jimmy spent months on the pile digging through rubble to recover victims.
He served as a Company Delegate, a Battalion 10 Delegate, and was on the UFA Election Committee and Constitution Committee. He was involved in the Widow’s and Children’s Christmas Party and deeply involved in the UFA’s Political Action Committee participating in many Lobby Days. Diagnosed with a 9/11-related brain cancer in November of last year, his heroic life came to a close when he passed away on April 6, 2017.