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    It is with a heavy heart; already laden with the grief over the losses in Charleston; this family of firefighters extends its sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Daniel F. Pujdak, as well as the members of FDNY, following his tragic passing. May the Good Lord raise him upon high and bring loving comfert to all touched by this sad occurance.

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    Rest in Peace Brother! Prayers go out to the FDNY community and His Familiy!
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    My throughts and prayers are with this young man friends,family and fellow firefighters.

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    RIP! God bless our lost Brother, his family and friends.
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    Rest in peace brother, rest in peace...

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    May Gid welcome our brother Daniel, and be with his family in their time of grief.

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    another loss to our brotherhood.
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    RIP brother....

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    What a tough week.......
    Rest in Peace my young Brother.

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    Thoughts and prayers to the FDNY and to the Pujdak family. Rest in peace brother.
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    Not another one!! What a week

    My thoughts and prayers go out your family and FDNY.

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    A sad week gets even sadder, RIP Brother, thoughts and prayers to his family and the FDNY.

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    RIP Brother. May God watch over the Pujdak family and members of FDNY.

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    What a horrible week. RIP brother.
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    Rest in peace bro. You died doing what you loved to do. Everyone remember that. What a sad sad week.

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    Rest In Peace Brother. Good Night, Sleep Well.

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    To the Officers and men of 229/146, espically Lt Artie and the family of our Brother,

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    I have posted one LODD notice this week and responded to two others. Unbelievable and a very sad week.

    It is alway so much worse when one so young with so much in front of him dies... many of us on here have been doing this job, taking risks for as long as he has been on this earth or longer....yet we are lucky enough to still be here.

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    Rest easy, Brother. My condolences to his family and to those of 146.
    It's been a long week....

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    The Pujdak family sat down and talked exclusively with the Daily News. They discussed and remembered their son, Daniel, a New York City firefighter who died tragically from a fall off a four-story building. The family also delivered a letter which had been written as a way of thanking everyone for their love and support. Here is that letter:

    To family, friends, the FDNY, and the City of New York,

    In the midst of our grief, we would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to the countless people who have sustained us during this trying time.

    Your words and actions have meant more to us than you will ever know, and you have given us the strength to carry on.

    In particular, we would like to express our gratitude to those we now hold as our new family — specifically, Ladder 146, Engine 229, and the entire FDNY. Thank you also to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for showing us such deep compassion and kindness in our time of sorrow.

    We will forever cherish the outpouring of love and support shown to us by St. Cecilia’s Parish, the Greenpoint community, and the City of New York at large.

    During these difficult days, glimmers of light and hope have emerged.

    Hearing others tell us stories of Daniel as a fireman, a trainer, a student and a friend has opened our eyes to the man who touched the lives of so very many. We also have a profound appreciation for the work the FDNY does every day — work they consider routine, we know to be extraordinary.

    We will miss Daniel’s infectious smile, his irrepressible laugh, his good-natured antics, his genuine care for people, and his endless devotion to Vanessa, his family at home, and his Brothers at the firehouse.

    Daniel, you will live on in our hearts forever.

    The Pujdak Family



    The proud but grieving parents of fallen Firefighter Daniel Pujdak have a simple message for all the New Yorkers who have showered them with love and support: Thank you.

    Leo and Christina Pujdak spoke at length for the first time about their brave son's life and gave the Daily News an extraordinary letter that expresses gratitude for the kindness pouring from countless friends and strangers.

    "So many people have been there for us, it is almost overwhelming," said Christina Pujdak, sitting at her family's kitchen table in the modest Greenpoint, Brooklyn, apartment they have called home for more than a decade.

    "We wanted to find a way to show our thanks to everyone."

    Daniel Pujdak, 23, of Ladder 146, died June 21 after falling 60 feet from the roof of a Williamsburg building while battling a small fire sparked by an unextinguished cigarette in an illegal apartment.

    The last day of his life began like so many others did for the eager second-year fireman: He reported to work two and half hours early after volunteering to relieve another member of the close-knit firehouse.

    "He always came in early," his mother said. "I remember seeing him once walking over to the firehouse more than three hours before his shift started and asking him about it, but that's what he wanted to do. He wanted to learn."

    He was laid to rest with full honors last Tuesday after a funeral at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Greenpoint. Thousands of firefighters and civilians turned out to pay tribute to Pujdak, who died serving the same streets he had called home.

    "We miss him, we're going to be missing being with him," Christina Pujdak said in a halting voice. "We're going to miss him terribly."

    Each wearing FDNY T-shirts emblazoned with the logo of their son's firehouse, the Pujdaks sat in a home full of flowers, condolence cards and mementos of their son's life.

    There were pictures everywhere, each seemingly capturing Daniel Pujdak's infectious smile. There was one of a family snowshoeing trip to Lake Placid, another with his brothers David and Matthew, a third of Daniel's girlfriend, Vanessa Pschirrer, happily posing in her boyfriend's FDNY uniform.

    Daniel's FDNY helmet was placed lovingly on a table in the center of the small living room. There also were tickets to an upcoming Yankees game on the refrigerator - a testament to Daniel's love of the Bronx Bombers, much to the chagrin of his siblings, who root for the Mets.

    "Not every parent really gets to see their son emerge into a man," Leo Pujdak said. "Our son had done that and we were very proud."

    Daniel Pujdak prized the very job that took his life.

    He had been instructed to climb to the roof of the four-story brick building, and he slipped and fell to his death after stepping off the ladder. But his parents know that he died doing exactly what he wanted.

    "He was always happy when [the fire officers] asked him to do the ladder, because that was a high-priority job and it meant that they thought well of him," said Leo Pujdak, who said his son had recently won the "super-probie" award at the firehouse.

    "He was modest about it, but we knew it meant a lot."

    Remembered as a "rising star" by Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Daniel Pujdak had not just earned the trust of his fellow firefighters, he had inspired his younger brother Matthew to join the FDNY. Matthew, 22, is scheduled to enroll at the Fire Academy later this year.

    Just days before her son's death, Christina Pujdak had taken her
    second-grade class from Public School 257 for a tour of Ladder 146 - only to watch as her mischievous son let the children run all around the firehouse, playing games among the amused firefighters.

    A star athlete at St. Francis Preparatory School, the same Queens school where his father has taught religion for over a decade, Pujdak graduated from SUNY-Cortlandt in 2005. At Cortlandt, he met Pschirrer, whom he hoped to marry one day.

    "We are all very close, and this is such a terrible loss," Christina Pujdak said. "That is why we have been so touched by how generous everyone is being, from the mayor to the firefighters who wouldn't take no for an answer."

    "In a way, it's like we have a new family now," she said. "But nothing can bring back our son."
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    Very poignant.

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    4 years ago today. RIP Danny.
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