SILive - October 16, 2018by Gerald Kane
Every Staten Islander knows exactly where they were and what they were doing on that date.
Eddie Finn is no different, despite the fact that he was only seven.
And just as that day affected many of our lives moving forward, Finn knew it would shape the rest of his life.
"From that day I knew I wanted to serve and become a firefighter," said the 24-year-old. "9/11 really colored my life and growing up I always wanted to be a firefighter."
Finn has lived up to his dreams as he has been serving as a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 in Virginia since 2012 and has been FDNY in Engine Co. 227 in Brooklyn since 2015.
RUNNING FOR THE FALLEN
While Finn was training for the Fire Academy as a freshman at La Salle University, he began running in honor of all the fallen firefighters from 9/11.
Finn has picked up this hobby again and is going in alphabetical order to honor each and every fallen firefighter who lost their life on that day.
Finn is up to the letter I and posts on his Facebook a short bio that includes that person's name and firehouse they worked for.
"Everything I do is for their legacy," he said. "The goal is to remember every fallen FDNY, NYPD and worker who lost their life on that day for the rest of my life."
Finn starts off every run with a special song 'Where the Streets Have No Name' by U2.
"It's almost as if the song was made after 9/11," said Finn. "Every where on Staten Island from Bay St. to New Dorp to Victory Blvd. has a street named after someone who lost their life on 9/11."
KEEPING THE LEGACY ALIVE
The Grymes Hill resident devotes his time to the Paddy Brown Program in honor of Captain Patrick Brown of Ladder 3 who lost his life on that tragic day.
Brown was one of the most decorated firefighters. He was a marine in Vietnam, began his career as a NYC Firefighter with Ladder 26, then joined Manhattan's elite Rescue Company One, later joined Brooklyn's Rescue Two and then was promoted to Lieutenant at Ladder 28 before being named Captain at Engine 69.
And for Finn's birthday this year, he isn't asking for any gifts, just a donation to the Paddy Brown Program on his personal Facebook page.
"I've chosen this nonprofit organization because the mission behind the program is to inspire and support transitioning service members into a career within the national fire service," said Finn. "Each day, an average of 22 U.S. service members lose their lives to suicide. The modern fire service needs more military personnel within the ranks."
To help Finn reach his goal for his birthday you can donate by visiting the page https://www.facebook.com/paddybrownprogram/
"This fundraiser is a way to keep Paddy's name around and after studying Paddy's life, veterans should be put at the forefront, that's my motivation," said Finn. "Our goal is to show veterans that there's a place for you.
"You can't replicate the experience they have and we need to make looking for veterans a high priority. My analogy is you go from helmet-to-helmet, boot-to-boot and fire-to-fire."
Finn serves as a mentor in the program to guide and help veterans to become the best candidate possible for future employment as a fire/law/ emergency service member.
You can donate more to the program by visiting https://paddybrownprogram.org/donate/ or purchasing a t-shirt with Brown's last words "This is 3 Truck and we're still heading up" on