THE BRONX - Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored a fallen FDNY lieutenant for the heroism he displayed during the now infamous Black Sunday fire in The Bronx.
Joseph DiBernardo Jr. passed away last year due to severe injuries he sustained after becoming trapped on the fourth floor of a burning building on East 178th Street in Jan. 2005.
DiBernardo had attempted to rappel down a rope and escape the flames, but the rope gave way, sending him plummeting 40 feet to the sidewalk.
Fellow firefighter Jeffery Cool spoke at the ceremony. He had been trapped with DiBernardo and says the lieutenant saved his life by insisting that he go down the rope first because he has a wife and two kids.
DiBernardo is survived by a sister and his parents, who were also in attendance and received a plaque from the mayor.