Joseph V. Vigiano "JoeyVig"
Occupation:New York Police Department | Detective 2nd Grade - Emergency Service Truck 2Dedicated Memorial Sites:Reflections:The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Education:Deer Park High School
Affiliations:Order Sons of Italy in America
Knights of Columbus
NYPD Columbia Association
NYPD Emerald Society
Joseph V. Vigiano served on the police force as a detective. His older brother, John, was a New York City firefighter.
For some reason, perhaps a dozen men who came of age during the 1970's and 80's in Deer Park, N.Y., developed an appetite for civic duty. They became New York City police officers and firefighters in their professional lives, and volunteer firefighters with Engine Company No. 2 in Deer Park in their personal ones. They called it the Deer Park Connection, and Firefighter John Vigiano and Detective Joseph Vigiano, two of the tightest brothers you could ever find, were among the best-liked and most accomplished members.
Both followed the unwritten manual on growing up right in Deer Park, said their father, John Vigiano, a retired captain in the New York City Fire Department. They were active in sports. They became Eagle Scouts. They hatched pranks that were wicked in their creativity but gentle in their impact. "They never embarrassed me," said Captain Vigiano. "They were good fathers, good husbands and they were good men.
Joseph Vigiano, who was known as Joey, loved to mug for the cameras and played lacrosse on the Police Department team, said his wife, Kathy, a fellow police officer. On the job, he was commended for his bravery: he survived being shot on three different occasions. At home, he taught his two boys how to build derby cars of pine. Eventually, he was going to do the same with his youngest son, now 6 months old.