The New York City Fire Department is mourning the death of a fellow firefighter after he collided with a driver who was allegedly drunk in New Jersey.
John Monteverde, 57, of Queens was killed in Union Township around 5:15 a.m. Friday.
Monteverde, a highly decorated veteran, was on a motorcycle and reportedly on his way to work from a second home in Pennsylvania when he collided with a Honda Accord.
The driver, Anthony Marsel of Elizabeth, N.J., is facing multiple charges, including driving while intoxicated.
Mike Ruddick, one of Monteverde's fellow firefighters, spoke about their heroic efforts during the September 11th attacks.
"He spent a lot of time down at the World Trade Center," Ruddick said. "We lost, as you can see right here, we lost nine guys. He spent a considerable amount of time looking for the guys, just as everyone here did. He felt bad about the whole situation, and he spent a good amount of time down there."
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano issued a statement, saying, "John selflessly served the city for more than 31 years during which he was cited four times for his bravery at fires and for his life-saving medical work as a member of Engine Company 22 in Manhattan. He also devoted countless hours working tirelessly at the World Trade Center site in the rescue and recovery effort following the September 11 terrorist attacks."
Monteverde transferred five months ago to Engine Company 159 on Staten Island.