So many look to Chief Checco as one of the living 'gatekeepers of FD stories - thanks to his unending love for photography. His life long career in the fire department carries a legacy that started in June of 1958 in Engine 259, Long Island City. He became a Lieutenant in 1966, then Captain in 1976 and then Acting Battalion chief (ABC) in 1977 in the FD Buildings Unit. Most of his children followed in his footsteps of city service starting with his son-in law Frankie Menetta who joined the FD in 1977 (Lt. retired), son Jimmy Checco, grandsons Tommy Checco and Mike Manetta.
NYCRA, the First Responders Health Resource and the AngioFoundation invites you to join this first-hand tour of the fire department through the spectacular lens of Chief Checco as he shares some of the most priceless memories and powerful portraits of his family, his friends and the community of firefighters of the City of New York. We are blessed to witness Chief Checco's collection of images and accurate depictions of each moment captured on film while he describes some of the finer details about the many first responders in the upcoming photo memoirs. Click below to see Chief Checco's FD photo showcase: Visit Gallery Link (part 1).
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