New York Daily News

October 27, 2001

2 Brothers Remembered As Heroes at Mass in L.I.

Cop, firefighter 'patriots'

Daily News Staff Writers

Relatives and colleagues of Robert Fazio Jr. mourn at his memorial service.

As thousands of uniformed police officers and firefighters stood solemnly in closed ranks, two brothers were remembered yesterday as heroes who gave their lives helping others in the World Trade Center disaster.

Firefighter Peter Langone, 41, and Police Officer Thomas Langone, 39, were saluted for service to their city, their country and their families in a moving memorial Mass at St. Aidan's Church in Williston Park, L.I.

Both men had helped in the aftermath of the twin towers bombing in 1993, and Thomas Langone volunteered to help in Oklahoma City after the federal building was bombed.

That devotion brought Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating to yesterday's service. "These two wonderful beings laid down their lives for us, and we will always be grateful," Keating said.

Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, noting Thomas Langone's 42 medals over 17 years, said "when disaster struck, Langone always came to the rescue."

Thomas Langone was last seen in a stairwell on the 20th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

Steve Stefanakos, who worked with Thomas Langone at Emergency Services Squad 10, said the fallen officer was called "Captain Adrenalin."

"He spoke 100 mph," Stefanakos said. "You had to be able to work at his pace."

Stefanakos also recalled that on Sept. 10, "Tommy was shaving with his shirt off" and fellow officers grabbed his razor and "shaved a big E10 on his back."

"If I get lost," Thomas Langone laughingly told his buddies, "now you guys can find me."

The morning of Sept. 11, after the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center, Peter Langone called his wife. "Turn on the TV," he told her. "I'm going to the job." It was the last time she heard from him.

Fire Capt. Eddie Metcalf of Squad 252 said Peter Langone was "larger than life."

"Once you met him, you'd never forget him," Metcalf said. "Peter performed his duty with extraordinary effort."

"Both Thomas and Peter died as heroes and American patriots," Mayor Giuliani told 1,000 mourners inside the church.

Outside, thousands more uniformed officers stood in the brisk sunshine in their dress blues — the firefighters in front, the police officers behind them.

"They went into the battle knowing full well the dangers they were facing," the families said in a written statement contained in the program. "There was never a day that they didn't go to their jobs with happy hearts, loving every minute of what they did so well.

"We, their families, are deeply saddened by our loss and immensely proud of their heroic efforts." Besides their mother and two sisters, each man leaves a wife and two children.