Robert Cordice: `He Craved the
firefighter Robert Cordice disappeared on Sept. 11, so
did the dreams of dozens of bachelorettes.
Firefighter Cordice, 28, was a handsome, hulking man,
a lover of good drink, beautiful women and fast
motorcycles. He was to be a pinup boy, making the cut for
the 2002 Fire Department Hunks calendar.
"The picture is of him downtown on the Wall Street
bull with his shirt off, wearing his bunker pants and
suspenders and boots," said his longtime friend John
Like so many other firefighters, he wanted to be in
the thick of the smoke. He was stationed at Engine
Company 152 in Staten Island, and decided that he wanted
to work somewhere more busy and daring. He transferred to
the elite Squad 1 unit in Brooklyn. He had been there
only two weeks.
He was also a New York City police officer for three
years before joining the Fire Department, stationed at
the 13th Precinct in Manhattan.
"No matter what he was doing, he craved the action,"
Mr. Deliso said.