Finding Paddy

Last night I watched a very touching documentary about the life of a New York City firefighter who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The documentary aired on Irish Television (RTE1) and told the story of Captain Patrick ‘Paddy’ Brown, the New York Fire Department’s most decorated firefighter.

Paddy had a varied life, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, recovering from a drug addiction and finally saving the lives of countless New Yorkers during his time as a fire fighter. The documentary told many stories about Paddy’s time as a fire fighter, some of them funny, some of them sad and some of them very honourable. It closed with a description of what it was to be a hero in the classic sense of the word, and Paddy was certainly that.

If you get the opportunity to see this documentary over the coming days and week, do so.

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