Raymond Ragucci, Class of 1970

Raymond Ragucci's birth made the headline of the Staten Island Advance, being born a twin in 1952. He would grow up surrounded by a large, loving, extended family made up not only of his parents, twin brother and two sisters, but also grandparents, uncles, aunts and many cousins with whom he was close.

As a young man, Ray attended Monsignor Farrell High School where he was a member of the track and field team. After graduating from Farrell in 1970, he went on to college and then worked in Manhattan's Financial District for several years. After working in a variety of jobs in the financial industry, Ray found his calling with the FDNY in 1983.

Firefighter Ragucci was assigned to Engine 5 in Downtown Manhattan, the house where he would work for the next 21 years. It was at Engine 5 where Ray would begin not only a career, but he would build life-long friendships and a second family.

Ray was a strong, humble, brave, kind and sincere man who was respected by his peers and was a mentor to the younger firefighters.  Outside of the fire department, Ray was a very proud father and loving husband.

Ray responded to the World Trade Center following the collapse of the towers.  He worked at Ground Zero for 49 days during the rescue and recovery efforts, an action that led to the illness that claimed his life on September 4, 2011.

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