Firefighter Gregory T. Saucedo Triangle

Fillmore Ave And East 57th St.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This triangle honors Firefighter Gregory T. Saucedo (1969-2001) who lived his entire life in this neighborhood, served 11 years in the Fire Department, and died while working to help people escape the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

During his youth, Saucedo, his three older brothers, his cousins, and his friends who played here referred to this space simply as “The Triangle.” Saucedo waved to firemen riding on their long trucks as they passed this intersection. He attended P.S. 236, Roy H. Mann, and South Shore High School. As captain of the football team he developed an interest in fitness, especially weight lifting. Although he earned a degree in Education from Brooklyn College, Saucedo and three of his childhood friends decided to become Firefighters together. At the Fire Academy, Saucedo set a class record for push-ups: 105 in 60 seconds.

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