Firefighter Thomas Cullen III
Service was held
on October 5, 2001
P. Cullen, a firefighter for the New York Fire Department, would wait until his
2-year-old son and namesake would go to sleep, then rearrange the toy train track
in the family living room. He wanted Tom to be excited when he came downstairs
every morning, said Cullens wife, Susan. He spent his day thinking
about how he would design it.
He would always say, I can't wait for
Thomas to go to bed. I have a good idea for a new track.
About Firefighting, Fatherhood
Nov. 28, 2001
Cullen was going to go to law school -- but only if he didn't get accepted into
the fire department. He was thankful when the FDNY called him to duty.
31, was passionate about fighting fires. The Staten Island resident, who enjoyed
playing football and scuba diving, looked forward to nothing more than he did
playing model trains with his young son.
is survived by his wife of five years, Susan; his son, Thomas P. Cullen IV; his
parents Rita and Thomas Jr.; 18-year-old brother Sean, and sister, Rita Cullen.