Durrell "Bronko" Pearsall
Rescue 4, Engine 292
Affectionately known to his brothers as "Bronko"
Left to right:
Cousin Tom & wife Linda, Cousin Nina Barnes & husband Sam, Bronk, Tom & Linda's
twins age 12 Thomas & Stephen
Last Family Photo Taken of Bronk
He was also called a
"Gentle Giant" by his friends when they paid their last respects to a man they
will always remember as their "hero".
"Bronko was like a
little brother to me. I watched him grow into the fine young man that he had
become. I remember the day he was born, August 19th, 1967. I used to walk him in
his carriage, feed, diaper and baby sit him. When my own brother died some 17
years ago, he was there by my side. Now, his promising life has been mindlessly
cut short, while having just become 34.
I will always
remember him as not only a big man in size, but in his heart which was that much
bigger. He gave of himself and was loved by all whose lives he touched. I will
never forget him nor any of his brothers for the brave, courageous acts of
heroism they performed on September 11 to uphold all that is precious and sacred
to us as Americans, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
interviews with Cousin, Nina Barnes, East Hampton, New York Written by
Author Barbara E. Lang, NYC