Pete's name came to me from my fellow members of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. To honor the men and women of the public safety services who died in disproportionate numbers that day, we all wear silver bracelets with the name of a fallen fire, EMS or police brother or sister who made the ultimate sacrifice. I'm proud to wear Pete's name on my right arm once a year. Nice to see the notes here about what kind of person he was. He'd have fit right in on VTRS.
You probably don't remember me but i will never forget what your father had did for me it was a small gesture but a big gift to me....Im going to try to jog your memory. ...it waa 1998 around October I had started working In local 40 in may early that year so I didnt have a set of tools and your father gave me his bag of tools ..let me tell you that for 4 years I used those tools before I quit..I quit in 2002..I worked In ground zero for a month before they took out the apprentices because they knew the air was bad...I used those same tools at ground zero...I only met perer and his family once...but it stuck in my head....I gave the tools someone who needed them like I did...I appreciate those tools. My x girlfriends mother was friends with peter karen maneri ..anyway thats my story and I know its been 13 years but I wanted to say thank you
I shared some of my memories of Pete with a few friends and family yesterday. He certainly was a fun loving guy. There was a tradition we had in the Air Force that dictated whenever one of your fellow airmen was about to change assignments you and your buddies would capture that airman and do terrible things to them. It seems counter-intuitive, but we always thought that the worse the treatment, the stronger the bonds. I was "tar and feathered" with all the spoiled food products from the shop refrigerator, silicon grease, and paper shreddings. I guess Pete really liked me...I sure liked him!
I think of you every year Pete, and my thoughts are always with your family and fallen brothers.
Thank you for lending me your strength and courage today.
Pete was my friend in England where he served in the US Air Force.We traveled to Dublin where I met some of his Irish relatives,there great memories and I have lots of others from those times in the early 90s. Pete is a true American hero and I was lucky enough to call him a friend all those years ago.Rest in Peace old friend,I will come and visit your grave one day.Your memory lives on here in England too.
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones. De parte de tu padre y hermanos que siempre te extrañan! Todavía recordamos cada momento que pasamos juntos y lo bien que lo pasamos. Una pena tener que escribir estas palabras y no poder estar viéndonos en persona para comer costillas con arroz y habichuelas y tostones mientras visitas la isla junto a nosotros. Que descanses en paz. Hermano mayor.
Rest in peace my brother .I always remember you and wear your bracelet with pride in your honor.God bless you always!!
PhIladelphIa Fire Dept
Msgt USAF Retired
Rest in peace my brother! May God bless you always
I wear your bracelet constantly in your Memory.
PhIladelphIa fire dept.
Remembering those who gave their all on this date. Calvary of Albuquerque honored the heros of 9/11 with commemorative silver bracelets with the names and organization of the lost. It's been my honor to wear the bracelet of Peter A Vega, FDNY for these past 11 years. On this anniversary, I want to extend both condolences for the loss of your loved one along with gratitude for the service, courage and heroism of the American heros from that day. God bless you.
Dear Vega Family and Friends,
Yesterday it was my honor to climb 110 floors in memory of Peter at the 2012 San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
Before the event, I took a little bit of time to read up about Peter and Ladder 118. By all accounts, it sounds like his positive attitude and smiles are remembered by all.
As a Firefighter out of San Diego County, what a privilege it was for me to climb on his behalf. I hope it makes you feel glad to know that, all across the country, people have not forgotten about Peter.
Thank you for sharing his story with us.
With Kind Regards from a Sister Firefighter,
I love and miss you very much
In memory... your brother Leo & Dad
Gone but not forgotten. To my friend, my hero, my pal!
Here's to all that you did that day. Peace to you friend.
Thank you for everything.
Rest in peace.
Thank you for everything, thank you for risking your life for me and America. I know so many of your fellow "brothers" and family miss you so much. With love, rest in peace.
I HAVE READ MANY ARTCILES ABOUT WHAT A GREAT MAN YOU WERE. I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR BRAVERY ON 9/11. YOUR HEROISM WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN IN MY HEART. YOU AND THE OTHER 343 INSPIRE MY LIFE EVERYDAY AND I ADMIRE YOU SO MUCH. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY- YOUR IN MY PRAYERS EVERYDAY.
Just read Gracellen Bonilla's beautiful tribute to Petie. I'm his mom. Gracellen, hope you read this - you should know that Peter's grandmother's full name was Ana Aponte Bonilla, later married to Pedro Vega Cintron. You may have more in common with Peter if you are also of Proud Puerto Rican descent. Thank you so much for remembering my wonderful son.
I didn't know Peter as a friend, but he was a patient at the Dental office I worked for in 2001. Whenever I would call to confirm his appointments, he would pick up the phone and before I could say anything he would say "Hi Dr. Tuckers office! I know, I have an appointment tomorrow & I will be there." When he would come in for his appointment he would always joke around with myself and the other girls, and he was always so nice. I remember the day the city called for a copy of his Dental records. My boss got very upset, but he said he knew when he missed his September 2001 appointment that something was wrong. I will always remember Peter's smiling face and how he always had something nice to say to us. RIP Peter...gone, but never forgotten.
I met Peter's step father investigating a wreck on I-77 in South Carolina. He was so proud of Peter and was devistated that some one had seriously damaged Peter's car. He told me about what Peter did on 9/11. It was the first person that I knew that lost a loved one on that day. He sent me a shirt from Peter's fire house in Brookly. I recently visited the station and the memorial in the back. What a great bunch of guys. RIP brother.
Dear Reagan and Ruby,
I think of you so often with tears in my heart for your sorrow of losing the beloved husband,father, and friend that was Peter. I have believed, since that time, that Peter's spirit would keep a vigilant watch over the both of you. He was a hero long before 9/11, and he would never abandon his two beloved girls.
Today, it was a 60 Minutes expose on the failure of a 9/11 Memorial that bought Peter to my mind but, usually it's an incredibly blue sky, a head of dark curly hair, a walk on 7th Ave., or memories of him and you, Reagan.
Always, he is remembered with love.
Pete was the best man in my wedding and a great friend. We sreved together in th USAF in California in the 80's Some of us in the shop have recently gotten back in touch and have found some great pictures of Pete and posted them for everyone to see. My page is: http://www.facebook.com/#/crossroadstile?ref=search&sid=693134101.994203247..1
I miss you my friend...
Hey Pete, I have also been thinking of you, not just this past weekend but always, you are very much missed my friend. I did stop by last Friday just to hang with you for a while, fill you in on a few things etc. the weather was lousy but I looked at it as a blessing that way, I cringe when it's a beautiful morning. I stopped by Pat Dunn's on the way out and said hello as well. Pete's mom, if you read this please send me an e-mail at my name no spaces/ yahoo.com I look forward to hearing from you and Ira, missy you both. Love Frank
PETE..DEPARTE DE "JUNIOR"..TU PAPA DE PUERTO RICO...PASA EL TIEMPO, PERO MI CORAZON SIGUE HERIDO CON TU RECUERDO..ME DA PAZ SABER QUE DIOS TE TIENE EN SU SANTO SENOL....BENDICIONES E INTERCEDE AL SENOR POR NOSOTROS AQUI EN LA TIERRA...TE AMO..J U N I O R....
Peter and Family,
Although I never had the chance to meet Peter, he has been in my thoughts. Here in the Denver area, on the anniversary of 9/11, there is a 110-floor memorial stairclimb for firefighters to remember the sacrifice that our brothers made that day. This year, the number of participating firefighters was limited to 343 and each of us climbed the stairs with a different picture of one of our fallen brothers. I climbed for Firefighter Vega. There is not a day that goes by, especially at the fire station, that we do not think about those brove men that made the ultimate sacrifice that day. Their heroism and courage is legendary. Please take comfort that Firefighter Vega and his fallen brothers will never be forgotten.
Just thought I would google Petie today - am missing him so. A loving thank you to all those who think of him, pray for him, and have posted messages. He was truly a special baby, child and man. I always knew he had a calling in this life and am only thankful that I got to see him right before 9/11 and talk to him on 9/10. There will never be another Pete. We all love him so and miss him every minute of our lives. God takes those who are good and some day we will know why. I am broken hearted. Love. Mom XXXXX
Pete, I miss you and wish I had kept it touch more.......
Another year has passed and yet the pain is still fresh in our hearts. We miss you so much and our prayers continue for you and your family. Rest in peace Peter. Judy Dillard and family
I had the pleasure of serving with Pete in the U.S.A.F. We were both stationed at R.A.F Bentwaters and had many good times together. He was funny, honest, loyal, intelligent, and had a big heart. I wish his family the best. I miss you Pete!
Dear Maureen and Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy. I just found out yesterday about Petie when my Mom phoned me to tell me my Aunt Elisa and cousin Dilys saw you on t.v. I was very saddened to hear this news and I'm so sorry for your loss. The last time I saw Petie was about 10 years ago and he did share with me that he wanted to be a firefighter; he was working construction at the time.
I lived in Brooklyn on 10th Avenue, around the corner from Petie and my Mom took care of him for a couple of years while he attended Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School. It was a lo-o-o-ong time ago but I believe Petie must've been about 9 or 10 years old and I was about 13 or 14. He was a quiet shy boy but he had a crush on me and would always stare at me from across the table while we ate. He would make me uncomfortable and I would put a box of cereal or anything that was on the table to obstruct his view and he would just smile and grin and peer from the side and keep on staring. We reminisced about those days when I last saw him and just laughed and laughed.
Petie was a gentleman and a gentle soul. May God keep him in His Glory and bless him, his mom Maureen, his wife Regan and his babygirl Ruby. I will always keep you in my prayers.
Dear Regan -
Although I did not know your husband, my prayers are with you and your child and I salute his bravery on that day. Today (9/17/03) was the day I found out about your loss. I remember you in high school as a strong and versatile woman and I know that you have the strength to weather your loss and overcome it for you and your child.
With deepest sympathies and hope for the future,
"A FIREFIGHTERS PRAYER"
When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage, give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling, and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect his property. And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life, please bless with your protecting hand my family, friends and wife.
When the attacks happend on 9/11 the first thing I thought of was if Peter was OK. When I found out that he didn't make it out I was devastated. I couldn't believe that I knew someone who died that very day. He died saving peoples lives. That's what his job was. To save others when they're in harms way.
My mother and Peter's wife ,Regan, worked together at the Childrens School in Carol Gardens in Park Slope. Peter was such a fun loving guy. Whenever we would get together we'd always have fun. He had to of been the most generous, caring, loving man I ever met. Peter always had a smile on his face!
I know Peter is in a better place and he's looking out for all of us, just like how he did when he was alive!
To the Vega Family:
In Memory of Peter A. Vega.
We will always remember with you the joys and memories of our loved ones. We will always express our condolences for what has happened. Yet, wishing that as you receive the grace of God you live because of the memories.
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8, NASB)
To the Vega & Rosenberg families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Maureen, you and your family are in my thoughts often.
Heavens angels will always watch over you and your family........ you were, are and always will be our hero... most of all missed... but never forgotten.
Pete & I worked together for two years in Windsor Terrace Brooklyn at the local wine shop while we were in college.
In the evenings, after closing up, we would head across the street to Farrells Bar for a few cold ones before heading out on the town.
Pete was a BIG teddy bear of a guy -and always grinning!
As life would have it, we eventually went our seperate ways... but not before my wife (a wine shop customer) got to meet him.
Adrienne and I have a small tribute to Pete in the entrance hall of our Long Island home. Our suburban friends and guests often ask me about it... and I get to reminisce about an 'ol Brooklyn friend and lost times.
Though I don't know if I've ever met you, Regan (and certainly I've never met Ruby)... please know that you could count on me to be there for you if need be... an Email or phone call would send me running!
God Bless & good luck.
**********GOD BLESS YOU**********
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL HERO..PETER A. VEGA AND MAY IS SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HIS LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK..MAY JESUS AND ST.PETER GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN
My thoughts and prayers are with the loving family members. Ele Ryder
I worked with Petes Cousin Scott Schwiegler for about 6 months here in AZ. He is very proud of Pete, and talked about him often. He is going to be missed greatly... God bless us all...........
ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW FIREFIGHTER PETER VEGA,I WANT TO EXTEND MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE AND BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER RUBYAND HIS FAMILY. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.
LOVE AND PEACE TO ALL
I worked for Pete Vega at RAF Bentwaters UK. The Pete I knew there was all that others have written. He always made us laugh, and he never seemed stoppable.
I hoped against hope that he wasn't one of the ones that was taken. I am glad he had the time God gave him to do what he always talked about. To go home to Brooklyn and become a firefighter was one of his goals. I'm glad he had a little time for a wonderful life. I am so very sad that he had to leave too soon.
My thoughts and tears are with his family and friends
There is not much I can say other than to say I and your family miss you very much.
We will meet again one day.
Take care until then.
I met Pete "Big Head" ( I never thought his head was that big) 13 years ago while he was stationed at Beale AFB in California. I married one of his friends and he served as Best Man in our wedding. I remember a guy who was always smiling ,always sincere and was always going to make things right no matter how long it took. He would do anything for anybody at anytime. I don't believe he new how much he was loved by his friends,he has left them with so many great and crazy memories. He will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you all.
Peter & I were in the 2nd and 5th grade together. I remember him as a shy boy, always with a smile on his face. Solace is difficult to find when you're loved one is taken away from you. Just know that our prayers are with you. God bless.
Those of us in Chico, Ca have heard
many stories about Pete from one of
his friends, Tony Proger. It sounds
like Pete added much laughter to his
friends lives and I'm sure they'll
carry fond memories of Pete with them always.
Your family is in my prayers.
If the news reports are true, Peter will be returned to his loving family one final time. In such a dark time, to be blessed this way is such a gift considering so many others will not be found.
I wish you healing this year. 4 months have passed, and while some may have moved on, many of us across the world remember individual people who perished, and think of them when we wake up every the morning to start the day in the most humble way.
Dear Peter and Family,
What do you say to someone you never met, but know they were wonderful and their memory deserves to be cherished? I am sorry? Thank you? God Bless you?
All these things and more need to be said for you, Peter and everyone who perished on September 11.
On this Christmas Eve, my thoughts are with Angels and I know you and your fellow firefighters who did not return to your loved ones are now Angels, living with God in Heaven.
I believe that is why the sky was so brillant, clear, and blue on that fateful day...It was so crystal clear to make your journey to Heaven swift and unobstructed.
I read the wonderful tribute and story that was printed in the Daily News, today, about you, by your loving wife and the reporters who kept you under their watchful eye. I smiled as I read the story about the Christmas Party on Middagh Street, home of the heroes of Engine 205/Ladder 118! That station is one of the fire stations I have "adopted" and write and send poems and my thoughts to, as often as I can.
Bittersweet was the term used for your visit, Mrs. Grice-Vega. My heart breaks for your pain and sorrow. I wish I could take the feelings of loss away from your heart.
I hope the messages of peace and love that have flooded this site brings you comfort and I pray the sun one again will shine through the dark clouds overhead.
God Bless you Peter, Regan, and baby daughter Ruby.
My grandparents and aunt lived in NYC and as I child I spent every summer in the Bronx. My grandfather, as a matter of fact, worked for the Daily News forever!
I had not returned to NYC in many years, but on the weekend of November 10, my daughter and I made the pilgrimage to pay our respects and homage to those who perished at the World Trade Center. Sadness still overwhelms me and my thoughts and prayers will continue for many more holiday seasons to come.
May Peace be yours for the New Year, Mrs. Grice-Vega, Ruby, and loved ones.
Peter must have had a very caring and wonderful heart to have given it to others everytime he was sent on a call or stop to help others. We appreciate all he did to help others. What a wonderful memory of Madison Square garden and your proposal. Our hearts cry with you.
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
My name is Joan Little, maiden name was Farrell. I lived upstairs from Pete, his mom and grandparents on 17st in Brooklyn. I remember our first day of kindergarten with Pete, He was scared and upset. Its just a day that I remember.
Now I will always remember September 11th, not only for what took place but also finding out about that Pete was one of the missing. We are so very sorry for Petes wife , daughter, family and friends. I have bumped into Petie in the neighborhood , by Farrells years ago when he was working at the liquor store, He was such a nice guy. I was glad to hear he was married and had a little girl. I just wanted to honor Pete and let you know he will never be forgotten. All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Although I did not know Firefigher Peter Vega, I want to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
My salute to Peter who sacrificed himself in the line of duty.May god gant eternal peace to his soul and give strength to his family and children to bear this tragic loss.