TERRENCE P. FARRELL: Giving His
P. Farrell lived close to the flame, said his brother
Dennis. As a transit police officer, Terrence Farrell's
specialty had been disasters. In the Fire Department, he
joined Rescue Company 4, an elite unit specially trained
to do things like extricate people from collapsed
Mr. Farrell, who was 45, was not simply a New York
City firefighter. He was also a volunteer fireman near
his home in Huntington, N.Y., a part-time construction
contractor and a father of two. And, a few years back, he
helped save the life of a child in Nevada by donating his
Here is that story. When Mr. Farrell joined the
department, his blood had been tested as part of a
program to screen for potential bone marrow donors,
Dennis Farrell said. Told years later that his blood
matched that of a small girl dying of t-cell lymphoma, he
underwent the painful process of marrow extraction.
A year later, he learned that the child was considered
cured. She and her family flew to New York and had lunch
with him at the World Trade Center, his brother said.
On Nov. 1, they were back. Fellow firefighters had
raised $3,000 to fly them to New York for Mr. Farrell's
funeral because they did not have the money.