Rescue Me: The Small Screen Examines a Post-9/11 FDNY

Elizabeth Friszell reports on "Rescue Me," the new one-hour TV drama from FX, and interviews Jack McGee, who plays "The Good Chief" Jerry Riley on the show. It has been nearly three years since the day the fire service lost 343 brave souls. The dust has...


Elizabeth Friszell reports on "Rescue Me," the new one-hour TV drama from FX, and interviews Jack McGee, who plays "The Good Chief" Jerry Riley on the show. It has been nearly three years since the day the fire service lost 343 brave souls. The dust has settled, but where did it leave the hundreds...


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Two of his nephews, Larry and Stephen McGee, are FDNY firefighters who worked at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and for days after. Larry is the captain of the fire department hockey team and works with the Special Operations Command (SOC). Stephen is a firefighter with Engine 66, now on light duty because of respiratory problems he suffered working at the World Trade Center. Their uncle feels grateful to be involved with the project.

“Every once in a while, you catch a break,” he said. “This is a really important story and I’m glad to be a part of it. And I’m enjoying the heck out of taping in the city.”

McGee’s other TV credits include roles on “ER,” “The Practice,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The X Files,” “Seinfeld” and “NYPD Blue.” On the big screen, he has appeared in “Backdraft,” “Breakdown,” “Basic Instinct,” “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde” and “Thirteen Days,” among many others.