Daniel Suhr

Daniel Suhr
World Trade Center

'He Kept Everyone Safe'

Daniel Suhr was the recipient of many nicknames. Captain America was one. Whenever he went out with friends, he would point to exit doors and tell them where to meet him if anything happened. "He kept everyone safe," said his wife, Nancy.

A firefighter, Daniel was rushing to the trade center when someone tumbled out of the sky and on top of him. "The other firefighters stayed with him because they wouldn't leave him behind," his wife said. "Because they didn't go in, he saved their lives."

Daniel, 37, loved his job at Engine Company 216. His father was a firefighter and his brother is one. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he was the captain of both the baseball and football teams at James Madison High School. He and his wife began dating when they were in grammar school. Their home is in Rockaway Park, Queens.

Even though he was considered this big, brave firefighter, he could get fairly mushy over his 2-year-old daughter, Briana. He was terrified when she did things like run toward him too fast. "He loved her more than life itself," Nancy said.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES.

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