I was walking my dog, Nikki, in Bowne Park when I first met Timmy. It was 1991. I was immediately struck by his abundant smile and fearless personality. I grew up in Flushing just blocks from him, and on that day, we became friends. Timmy and I danced at Malibu, rode on his motorcycle, and spent time together in the neighborhood with friends. Timmy was a beautiful person with an exuberant energy for life and a passion for dreams. I have never again met another person so pure of heart and so naturally happy. His talents were many and he excelled at everything he did. I remember one evening we went to Malibu, an iconic night club in Long Island. Some talent scouts happened to be there and Timmy was asked to dance on MTV, and he did! I remember him sharing with me his ambition to become a firefighter, it was a dream of his and he spoke of it often. And I remember how happy he was when he passed the test and was in training at his Firehouse. My time spent with Timmy was short, but his impact was great. I was a little better as a person after getting to know Timmy. I felt a little more enamoured with life, a little more alive. These are some of my personal memories which I have kept close to my heart. Its been 12 years and I often think of Timmy giving his precious life to help save others. No words can say what the world lost on that day.