Remembering John Vigiano Sr., Retired FDNY Captain

Remembering John Vigiano Sr., Retired FDNY Captain

Retired FDNY Captain John Vigiano Sr. Photograph by Curtis J. Quinn.

Today we pay tribute to John Vigiano Sr., a retired FDNY captain whose two sons followed him into service and were killed on 9/11. John Vigiano Sr. died this weekend after a battle with cancer.

Vigiano’s sons both became first responders. John T. Vigiano II was a firefighter and Joseph Vincent Vigiano was  an NYPD detective. The Vigiano brothers responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Vigiano was a member of the Band of Dads, a group of fathers who searched for their sons, many of whom were first responders, in the wreckage of Ground Zero.

In this StoryCorps remembrance recorded after 9/11, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.


“There’s not many people that the last words they said to their son or daughter was ‘I love you,’” said Vigiano. “And the last words [Joe and John] heard was ‘I love you.’ So that makes me sleep at night.”

By 9/11 Memorial Staff