Fire Stories, Continued
As a battalion chief in the New York Fire Department, Larry Stack's job was to ensure the safety of firefighters. Sometimes, that meant visiting fires as they burned. "He would go and be the second set of eyes for the firemen," said his older son, Michael, 33.
On Sept. 11, Chief Stack was preparing a report about a fire on June 17, 2001, that killed three firefighters in Queens, a fire that became known as the Father's Day Fire. When he heard about the trade center attack, he rushed to the scene in a department car.
Chief Stack, 58, married Teri Bisch in 1967. She said the most important thing in his life was his family, but there was still room in his heart for more. "The second love of his life," she said, "was working for the Fire Department."
At parties or around the kitchen table at home in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., father and elder son would tell stories about fires they had fought. Chief Stack always hoped that his younger son, Brian Stack, now 30, would join the department. "The day that would have made him happiest would have been the day Brian contributed his stories as well," Mrs. Stack said.
Brian Stack was sworn in as a firefighter in January.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 8, 2002.