Occupation:Fire Department of New York | Firefighter, Engine 219Biography:
Firefighter John G. Chipura had firsthand knowledge of terrorism's bloody horror before being caught in the chaos of Sept. 11.
A corporal in the Marines from 1980 to 1984, Mr. Chipura survived one of the most tragic terrorist attacks on the corps when a barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, was bombed on Oct. 23, 1983.
Mr. Chipura, 39, moved to Tottenville when he was just 12-years-old. A graduate of Tottenville High School in 1980, he later moved to Pleasant Plains in 1995. After his honorable discharge from the Marines in 1987, Mr. Chipura desired to continue serving the community and joined the city Police Department in 1987. He was assigned to the 72nd Precinct in his old neighborhood, Sunset Park, for seven years.
Mr. Chipura then devoted three years service in Brooklyn South Narcotics and then returned to the 72nd Precinct as a detective.
After 12 years of service to the NYPD, he followed the footsteps of his father, Anthony Chipura, and joined the city Fire Department. Graduating from firefighter training in 1998, Mr. Chipura was assigned to Engine Co. 219, Brooklyn, for one year. He then rotated through Ladder Co. 81, South Beach, and Engine Co. 80 in Manhattan.
Mr. Chipura had recently returned to Engine Co. 219 to once again serve Downtown Brooklyn. On Sept. 11, he arrived at Engine 219 to work the day tour and was detailed to Ladder Co. 105, which is housed in the same location.
Mr. Chipura and Ms. DeFalco, who met through a friend in the Fire Department, had planned to marry just six weeks after Sept. 11.
Mr. Chipura was a mentor for many at Boy Scout Troop 21. He was a member of the troop since 1974 and went on to serve as assistant scout master until he was lost in the attack.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Iwo Jima Association and the Beirut Veterans Memorial Association. Mr. Chipura was also a member of St. Joseph and St. Thomas Parish, Pleasant Plains. (source)