Anthony Jovic videotaped his sons, Matthew, 10, and Peter, 9, at every swimming meet they entered. He went to their practices. And he took them along when he and his wife, Cynthia, went on a cruise in the Caribbean. And whenever he came home from work, the boys would rush up to him and say, "What did you do? Did you fight any fires?"
He was a 39-year-old lieutenant, studying for October's captain's exam. Though on the rolls at Ladder Company 34 in Washington Heights, he was assigned on Sept. 11 to Engine Company 279 in Red Hook in Brooklyn, and was among the first men to arrive at the World Trade Center.
At Ladder Company 34, Capt. Arthur DePew recalled, Lieutenant Jovic is also noted for a kind of remembrance that predates videotape ‹ the brass plaques in firehouses that honor men who died in the line of duty. He did research on some who had never been remembered, like Eugene J. Caffrey, who died in 1921. Next Sept. 11, a plaque will go up with Lieutenant Jovic's name.
As for the boys, Mrs. Jovic still takes them regularly to swimming and meets, but she says, "Their hearts aren't in it."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 24, 2001.