Joseph Agnello
Family, Sports, Firefighting
Joseph Agnello was a firefighter with Ladder Company 118 in Brooklyn Heights with a 36th birthday coming up in October. But he was not a man who was defined by his job — he was a guy who loved his kids, his dogs, his life.

"People on my block didn't know my husband was a fireman," said his wife, Vinnie Carla Agnello. "He never need to talk about himself or the job. He wasn't the type of person who needed attention."

Mr. Agnello loved to spend time with Chelsea and Durante, the boxers he and his wife doted on before their sons Salvatore, who is just 3, and Vincent, 19 months, came along.

"Those dogs have been all over the country with us," Mrs. Agnello said.

But he was also into boogie boarding with his wife in the summer, skiing and snowboarding with a small group of friends in the winter.

"We spent some time together on the slopes," said Anthony Carbone, a firefighter who met Mr. Agnello at Ladder Company 118 eight years ago. "He turned into a pretty good skier, but then he felt it was time to move on to snowboarding. He was a quiet, very confident and very determined guy."
Published by Newsday on Nov. 7, 2001.
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Always a hero, and always remembered...
September 13, 2021
Remembering Joseph on the 20th anniversary of 9/11....
Cindy Roe
August 31, 2021
Wondering if the 118 guys ever took a fishing trip down to Fort Lauderdale; I believe I met the entire group there long ago (maybe early 90’s)-they were all such great guys and real gentlemen. Rest In Peace brave souls—you’ll never be forgotten.
Teresa Carson
December 21, 2020
You will NEVER be forgotten.
September 11, 2020
My heart is heavy...but knowing you're an Angel watching down on us makes me blessed every waking day. Much love and very much missed in ways not imagined. MB
January 19, 2020
Thank You for your sacrifice.
September 12, 2019
We will never forget...
Andrew Foreman
September 12, 2019
So proud to share your name. You are a HERO!
September 11, 2019
Thank you for your service.
tom boatright
September 11, 2019
In loving memory of Joseph.
July 27, 2019
Sending our continued heartfelt sympathy to your family. May God give the help and comfort needed everyday. Joseph touched many lives and will always be remembered.
The Kindred Family
October 31, 2018
Brave Firefighter. I want to pay my respects. It has taken me time to even be able to look at the faces of who we lost that awful day. I sm sorry this happened to him. Blessings to his family.
Michelle Rosoff
September 26, 2018
Besides Joey , I have [3] Three others that , actually [4] Four if you count my brother Rich who retired as Special Assignmant Lt. N.Y.P.D. [ he worked the pile for month's ] were first responders on that absolutely horrific day, My uncle Phillip Garazer FDNY Ret. and both of his son's, my cousins Gregory and Christopher FDNY. Please,please,please God keep those affected by this horrible situation in a special place . Marc.....................
Marc Colon
September 15, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Adam Cater
September 11, 2018
luzby bernal
February 9, 2018
I light a candle to you...
Christopher Connolly
September 11, 2017
I take my hat off to you my friend. We all miss you. Thank you for your service.
Christopher Connolly
September 11, 2017
Rest in Peace Joseph, God Bless your family and friends.
Louise Scalzo
March 30, 2017
FF Allen Martinez has inspired me to read these obituaries and reflect on the lives lost. I randomly chose Joseph. My husband is a FF as well, and our 2 dogs mean the world to us. I am so sorry you left this world too young, and I thank you for your bravery.
March 29, 2017
Christopher Connolly
November 1, 2016
I'm sorry for your loss. From now on, I will share a condolence every year in memory. RIP Joseph Agnelo.
Christopher Connolly
November 1, 2016
Those HERO'S definately are resting in PEACE Tammy . Without question . If there's an extra special place up there for those who made the ultimate SACRIFICE well that's where Joe'y and all the rest of them are. Marc. C. Toms River N.J.Please GOD continue to help all those who lost someone that horrific day, especially Vinnie carla, Vincent and Sal, and please GOD take extra special care of JOEY'S MOM , Mrs Agnello !!!
September 20, 2016
All of those brave souls that lost their lives that day to try and save those they had never even met are the true definition of a Hero! May all those lost that day be resting in Heavenly peace.
Tammy Smith
September 19, 2016
thak you god bless you
Hunter Trout
September 13, 2016
None of you will ever be forgotten. I live in a very small town in United Kingdom and the shock and horror from 9/11 still plays on my mind. I feel so deeply for each and every one of you. May you rest in peace.
Donna Anderson
March 28, 2016
Thinking of you on the 55th birthday of my son, Joseph Allen Agnello. My sincere condolences to your family.
Jane Agnello
January 16, 2016
Thank you for your service, you are not forgotten
melinda hyatt
September 12, 2015
You are what i call in mind when i read about the medal of Valor
Edward Nyameri
September 12, 2015
Hello to the family of Joseph. My name is Michael Zukowski and I work for Castle Rock Fire Department in Colorado. Today I participated in my 11th annual 9/11 stair climb. This year I was issue the ID tag of Joseph. This I climbed for Joseph and thought of him and his sacrifice 14 years ago. We will not forget. I will add him to the others that I climb for each year.
Michael Zukowski
September 11, 2015
Thank you for answering the call. Thank you for your service. May God richly bless your family and friends with eternal peace, hope and comfort.
September 11, 2015
I have his name on my 911 bracelet. He will never be forgotten
September 11, 2015
to family.just saw the name on tribute 9/11/2015.sorry for your loss of a loved and brave one.i knew a joe agnello from marines harbor,my aunt rose severino lived across the street.
al pinglora
September 11, 2015
I don't know you or your family, but you were taken too soon. Thank you for your courage and caring for fellow people. May God bless your family through the years.
June 2, 2015
my heart felt sympathy! it's taken me all these years to do this.
joseph agnello
March 8, 2015
nate mann
September 12, 2014

I did not know you but I always write something every year for a an AMERICAN HERO. I hope you are in peace and I hope your family is doing ok. REST IN PEACE Joe.
September 11, 2014
I didn't know you but want to thank you for your service and sacrifice. May God bless you and your family.
Veronica Bass
May 31, 2014
Joey was a good friend of mine before I moved down the shore..He worked for a while in stop shop and save with my mom Margie. I lived at 2456 east 22nd around the block from him and three houses closer to ave X. I have never EVER watched the anual ceremonies without seeing his FF picture and listened to here his name and also Vernon Cherry,Scott Davidson , LT. Robert Ragan, Leon Smith and Peter Vega. N.Y.Daily News Friday Oct 5th has them on the cover from left to right and in desending order just as I listed their names.That photo "The last run of ladder 118" is the picture of them crossing the Brooklyn Bridge that has been on my wall for many years and is with many AMERICAN flags aroung the room! Back in the day we played hockey and handball mostly in Bedford park. I remembered when he was injured [stabbed] in Brighton Beach and we sat on the stoop for many hours He was in a wheelchair with a serious infection that had him confined to the stoop outside his house on 21st and ave Y. Vinny Hearty lived down a few houses across the street from Joey. We were all very close and Joey was not even close to being as nuts as the rest of us were.I Don't ever remember him getting really angry at anything or anyone for that matter.He was and still is a very special person me .Every time I say grace before I eat during the day I include my 911 prayer. Please GOD protect anyone and everyone suffering from physical and or mental disabilities from the devestating events of 911, especially those who lost a civilian or first responder that day !I pray this prayer many times a day ! GOD BLESS you Vinnie Carla, Salvatore and Vincent !!!and of course Joey's Mom and anyone who misses him as I do. May GOD keep all of Joey's friends and family safe always !!!!! Marc...732-905-9863
Marc Colon
February 26, 2014
This weekend I participated in a 9/11 Firefighters Memorial Stair Climb in Lexington KY. I was honored and humbled to carry Joseph Agnello's name with me. I was proud to ring the bell and recite his name at the 78th floor mark. He is not forgotten.
Carol Amick
September 15, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, thank you for you're bravery, and honor. You will never be forgotten. Godbless.
Rob Hathaway
September 13, 2013
i know that you'll be strong and amazing because thats just what you do. I know you'll find peace with this and I also want you to know I'm here for you. Whether you know it or not.
September 11, 2013
To the family and friends of Joseph Agnello:
Joseph will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not allow those we lost on 9/11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2013
Vinnie me and Denise think about you Joe and your family frequently the short time we spent together was special miss you miss Joe call us. Jay Frango
Jay Frango
September 11, 2013
Vinnie Carla I hope all is well with you and your kids. Remembering your loss
Bill Bladykas
September 10, 2013
Visited the 9/11 Memorial Site on the 1st of February 2013. Saw your name engraved and it has stuck in my mind. Dedicated to those who fell and to those who carry will never be forgotten xxx
Faye Oakley
March 23, 2013
Rest in peace.
Ryan Holmberg
February 17, 2013
i viewed the 9/11 web last year out of respect for all that gave their lives. i will never forget them. i read joe's guest book because he looked like he could be my family member. i started reading the guest book from 2001, and read all of yours. I use to have a friend like you had w/joe. I know what you went through. I hope you are doing ok, just know you have him as your guardian angel.
Christine Valentino
September 11, 2012
To the Agnello family,

May the wonderful memories of your loved one provide solace for you during this difficult time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved ones again in Paradise. John 17:3
August 12, 2012
God bless you. You are a hero. When I was young I did not understand 9/11. I was only a child, now I can truely thank all of the brave men and women who saved many and lost their own lives for the sake of liberty, and justice. In the dark of danger you kept your head held high, selfless and brave, saving people you might have never known otherwise. My heart and sympathy goes out to you and all firefighters and victims alike. My he rest in peace and your family be forever blessed in god's holy light. <3
May 2, 2012
sorry for your loss
joseph agnello
December 29, 2011
Barbara Boam & Kim Rogers walked a mile for you (mile #25) on 9/27/11 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
September 27, 2011
August 18, 2011 I had the honor in participating in the 9-11 Memorial motorcycle ride. We started in Lancaster, PA, then to Shanksville, PA, then to the Pentagon and the final destination was at the WTC site. At the beginning of the three day ride we were each given a beautiful 4 1/2" x 6" cards. Mine was for Joseph Agnello, Firefighter, Ladder 118, NYFD. I placed that card on the windshield of my Harley and every time I would look I would see Lt. Joseph Agnello. When we stopped along the way and people would come and ask what the ride was about, I would quickly show them the card and explain why this was so important. The heroism of Joseph and all who responded is unimaginable - My sincerest condolences to his wife, children, parents and all who knew him.
Peter Spinella
September 21, 2011
Sir i thank you for being a true hero i was in dipersat the time tho i no what happen now so thanks and god bless
Collin Woody
September 19, 2011
A Hero .....
Myles Garber
September 11, 2011
We hold you in our hearts.
Kymberli Colbourne
September 11, 2011
Joseph, you are a true hero! Although I didn't know you, today I shared your picture and story on Facebook. It was an honor to read about you! May God bless your family and be with them today. I know that they will be sad and miss you very much. We are so very lucky to have Americans like you in our country!
Courtney Buckley
September 11, 2011
You will forever be in our hearts joesph. Will love and miss you truly. Because what you an others have done for us i choose to make the decision i do now and towards my future.
anonette onorato
September 11, 2011
I salute you you earn every respect i hope the lord shelters you and comfort those u loved and who loved you
September 11, 2011
You are a true hero that shall never be forgotten
Carmine Cusano
September 11, 2011
Rest in peace Joseph. You are a true hero.
Lisa Marsicano
September 10, 2011
fredda klein romano
September 10, 2011
Joe america loves you !!
It was ten years ago you and all the other brave firemen rushed to Ground Zero
now you rest in peace. the day will come ,when you're reunited with your fam once again thanks for being a hero
you will be remembered
Jenni Garcia
September 10, 2011
We are only here for a short time but the day will come where your love will be re-united with those you left behind and peace your soul will find. God's Blessing!
K. C.
September 10, 2011
you were very brave and you will not be forgotten,cant belive it was ten years ago now it seems still not long ago.You are a hero.God bless you.
lynsey price
September 10, 2011
I never knew you, but I remember seeing the firemen rush into the seen, and that shows how brave a a man you must have been. Thank You.
Brian Konopacz
September 9, 2011
I'm very sorry for your lost
Matt Conley
September 8, 2011
I never knew you, but I know you are a hero to myself, others, and America. May you rest in peace, and may your name live on forever Joseph Agnello. You were there, standing tall as a light to others in America's darkest hour. God bless you and your family.
Calvin Thomas
September 3, 2011
never forgotten sweetheart.
August 30, 2011
We are having a 10 yr. Memorial in our town, and there were "stars "in our church with names on them. I chose Joseph's star and I say a rosary for
him every day. I googled his name and found out so much about him and his family and it feels more personal now.
To his widow and children, I say "thank
you". and how fortunate you are to have
had such a wonderful here in your lives.
God bless you and God bless Joe...
Lois - Southington, CT
August 21, 2011
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August 3, 2011
Thinking of you as always... You made the paper yesterday again.. You will NEVER be forgotten! Miss playing catxh w/ u.. I'm too big for those horsey back rides you used to give us when you watched us..hahaha! But miss your big hugs! Love u always.. Ur little cousin xoxox
Daniela Agnello Lourido
August 1, 2011
August 1, 2011
a real hero that day.r i p love
April 12, 2011
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October 10, 2010
a hero in the hearts of many
may your family have peace
September 11, 2010
crystal bratcher
September 11, 2010
My beautiful cousin.. its 9 years today you were taken from us! You will always be known as our HERO! You are terribly misses and will always be loved and remembered!! we love you! <3 RIP <3
Daniela Agnello
September 11, 2010
September 10, 2010
9 years ago today was the last time I heard your voice and your laugh. My heart misses you, my mind goes over all our memories. Why did you have to go.
September 10, 2010
May you rest in peace.
August 22, 2010
July 11, 2010
Hi Cousin Joey. It's Serina, Daniela's daughter. Even though I never got to actually see you, I know that you are a true hero. You risked your life to save the people in the Twin Towers. I love you.
Serina Agnello
March 30, 2010
September 18, 2009

WTC- Ground Zero
Vesey-Liberty Church Street
New York, New York 10038

Dear Mr. Agnello,
Thank you for being brave and going into the Twin Towers hoping you will rescue many lives. No matter how many lives you rescue or not, you will always be remembered for putting your effort into this and to try to save many families that work there. You’re a true hero. A hero defined in the dictionary is as a person who puts other people before themselves or by ones actions, not words. Because of what you had done, you are a true hero to me.

You could have gone skiing, snowboarding, or spending time with family, but you took the time out of your day to risk your life for others. You are one of many people that chose to protect these people from the Twin Towers and we are thankful of that.

I will never forget you or the day of the tragedy. Every time September 11 comes up each year, I will remember your name and many others. Since I’m just so thankful for what you had done on that day, again, I just have to say thank you.


Brett Schubert
Joseph Agnello
September 18, 2009
September 11, 2009

WTC-Ground Zero
Vesey-Liberty Church West Street
New York, NY 10038
Dear Mr. Joseph Agnello,
Thank you for your brave fighting on September 11, 2001. It was a tragic day and it was your time. While everybody ran away from the World Trade Centers, you ran to them. Although there are many definitions of heroes, you apply for one of the most honorable kinds of heroes.
You could have stayed at home or not gone in to the World Trade Centers knowing that there were probably few people to save. You could of gone to your wife, kids and dogs, and gone snowboarding or to a Mets game. But you didn’t. You ran to save lives, with a small chance of you being able to walk away with you. You and other members of Ladder 118 fought and died heroes. We thank you.
We will always remember you and your fellow fighters, and those who couldn’t be saved. You brave actions will never be forgotten. Thank you, again for what you did on September 11, 2001.
Rachel Techau
Nagel Middle School
September 14, 2009
Hey Joe!
Its been 8 years since I've seen you last. I'll never forget the last time I saw you. I was standing on the wall where we use to fish together and you were driving to work. I think about you and your family often.
Michael Zummo
September 12, 2009
May you rest in peace!! Your family will always be in my prayers ~ I will never forget 9/11!!
Rosalynn Gambino Berardesca
September 12, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Marithia Waters
September 11, 2009
I have never met you Joseph but I have met those whose lives you have touched. They have enriched my live and so through them your legacy lives on. A true hero is defined by ones actions not ones words....your selfless sacrifice defines you as one of the great heroes of our time. God Bless your friends and family and may he always watch over them. Peace and love.
Lori Black
September 11, 2009
Joe it is another year your gone. it never gets easier. I miss you still, I cry still, I'm angry still, and I love you still. I pray your at peace joe.
September 11, 2009
Joey thinking of you today and remembering what a Hero you are! love Teresa
teresa fiero
September 11, 2009

WTC – Ground Zero
Vesey – Liberty Church-west Sts
New York, NY 10038

Dear Mr. Agnello,
What makes someone a hero? The definition of a hero is “one who puts others in front of themselves.” When you became a firefighter, you became a hero. On 9/11/01, you ran into the building known as the World Trade Center, you were risking more than your life. You were risking the life of your children’s father, and your wife’s husband. Because of this, you are a hero to not only the citizens of New York, but to the citizens of the United States of America.

You saved people from a burning building that was on the verge of collapsing. We thank you, Ladder Unit 118, and the rest of the police officers, firefighters, and paramedics of New York. As a firefighter, you chose to put your life at stake every day to save others, and we thank you.

Americans will always remember you and your heroic actions. Your wife and children miss you and will always miss you, Mr. Agnello. We will remember you and the other fallen heroes once a year, every September 11.

Jayme Coldiron,
Nagel Middle School
Jayme Coldiron
September 11, 2009
September 11, 2009
WTC – Ground Zero
Vesey- Liberty- Church- West Sts
New York, NY 10038
Dear Mr. Agnello,
Heroes are people that are leaders and they get the job or problem done. They solve the problem and are people who look up to and say “I want be like him/her.” Heroes are brave and they get the job done. I define you Mr. Agnello as a hero. The way you acted on September 11, 2001 are heroic and very brave. You are a hero to me.
Our whole country is thankful and we owe you. I am sure that Chelsea, Durante, Salvatore, Vincent, and Vinnie miss you very much. I am sure that your friends that you skied and snowboarded also miss at the slopes. Also I bet you were very good at boogie boarding in the summer. I hope you had fun with your family on all of the vacations you all went on.
America will never forget what you did. Every September 11, 2009 we remember how brave you are. You are my hero and all of the other firefighters and policemen and women that gave their lives to save New York City. You showed people that America can get back up after falling down.
Thank you so much for your service.

Kevin Hecht
Kevin hECHT
September 11, 2009
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