The heartbroken family of a Brooklyn Bravest, who emerged from his retirement to help with the 9⁄11 rescue and recovery effort only to later fall prey to cancer, received a financial boost from big−hearted boroughites, who organized a fundraiser in Windsor Terrace in memory of Firefighter Anthony Incarbone.
The Windsor Terrace native, who served with the FDNY for 13 years, from 1982 to 1995 – first as a member of Engine Company 284 in Dyker Heights and then with Ladder Company 113 on Rogers Avenue – was delivered the posthumous salute during a benefit at Bishop Ford High School, 500 19th Street, to help defray expenses for his loved ones, who are facing the grim possibility of losing their home.
Earlier in the day, the group had attended a memorial mass for the beloved community stalwart at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, East 5th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway.
Firefighter InCarbone, who grew up on Greenwood Avenue and retired to Florida with his wife and children, passed away in January at the age of 51 – the possible result of his exposure to toxic dust at Ground Zero, where he spent several months toiling alongside other rescuers.
A large crowd attended the benefit, which organizers described as a “one−time event” to help the Incarbone family “in their time of need.”
The Bravest’s peers recalled his devotion to his work. “He had a hard time not being a firefighter,” remembered one firefighter friend adding, “He was up there [at Ground Zero] in a heartbeat, helping out, he spent 60−90 days on the pile. He was a true hero.”
To make a donation to the Incarbone family, contact Doug Carroll at 347−680−3056.