DAVE FONTANA: Man Among Men, and
memorial for Dave Fontana was scheduled for Oct. 17,
which would have been his 38th birthday. He died at the
World Trade Center on Sept. 11, on his eighth wedding
Mr. Fontana was a firefighter with the elite Squad 1
unit, stationed in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he lived
with his wife, Marian, and 5-year-old son, Aidan.
Neighbors were shocked by the news that 12 men from the
small firehouse on Union Street had died, but they took
his loss especially hard.
Dave Fontana was a man's man. He volunteered his time
for the Boy Scouts. He read to children. He worked
tirelessly to find the names of firefighters who had
fallen in World War II so that dedication plaques could
be hung in the firehouses where they had served.
A trained sculptor, Mr. Fontana was known for the
elaborate Halloween costumes he and his son wore in the
annual neighborhood parade. "You know Dave Fontana?"
Aidan asked the other day. "I love Dave Fontana."