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This full-color, photo-illustrated picture book is not only a loving tribute from a son to his father who gave his life on September 11th, but a bow to all of the firefighters who are heroes everyday. Pete Ganci was Chief of the FDNY. He was funny, brave, determined, and, ultimately, selfless. On September 11th, he died doing what he loved most--fighting fires and saving li This full-color, photo-illustrated picture book is not only a loving tribute from a son to his father who gave his life on September 11th, but a bow to all of the firefighters who are heroes everyday. Pete Ganci was Chief of the FDNY. He was funny, brave, determined, and, ultimately, selfless. On September 11th, he died doing what he loved most--fighting fires and saving lives. CHIEF is a chronicle of Ganci's career, written by his youngest son, Chris. But it is also the story of what firefighters do every day. Illustrated with personal pictures from the Ganci family and professional photos from the FDNY, this is a portrait of a man who loved his job. And it is Chris's effort to honor all those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 and who have continued to risk their lives everyday since.


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This full-color, photo-illustrated picture book is not only a loving tribute from a son to his father who gave his life on September 11th, but a bow to all of the firefighters who are heroes everyday. Pete Ganci was Chief of the FDNY. He was funny, brave, determined, and, ultimately, selfless. On September 11th, he died doing what he loved most--fighting fires and saving li This full-color, photo-illustrated picture book is not only a loving tribute from a son to his father who gave his life on September 11th, but a bow to all of the firefighters who are heroes everyday. Pete Ganci was Chief of the FDNY. He was funny, brave, determined, and, ultimately, selfless. On September 11th, he died doing what he loved most--fighting fires and saving lives. CHIEF is a chronicle of Ganci's career, written by his youngest son, Chris. But it is also the story of what firefighters do every day. Illustrated with personal pictures from the Ganci family and professional photos from the FDNY, this is a portrait of a man who loved his job. And it is Chris's effort to honor all those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 and who have continued to risk their lives everyday since.

31 review for Chief: The Life Of Peter J. Ganci, A New York City Firefighter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Summary/A Thoughtful Review: "My dad was a hero to me, someone who put out fires and saved lives. For thirty-three years his risked his life so others could go on living theirs. Alongside his brothers in the department he ran into burning buildings and climbed ladders." These words, written by Chris Ganci, son of Peter J. Ganci, Jr, Chief of the Fire Department of New York, just begin to tell the emotional story of this hero's life. In this biographical text, Chris shares his father's journey fr Summary/A Thoughtful Review: "My dad was a hero to me, someone who put out fires and saved lives. For thirty-three years his risked his life so others could go on living theirs. Alongside his brothers in the department he ran into burning buildings and climbed ladders." These words, written by Chris Ganci, son of Peter J. Ganci, Jr, Chief of the Fire Department of New York, just begin to tell the emotional story of this hero's life. In this biographical text, Chris shares his father's journey from a Brooklyn born, baseball playing kid, to a soldier in the Vietnam War, carpenter, cab driver, and volunteer firefighter. Fighting fires, however, was his true passion. Readers follow Peter Ganci in his FDNY training at the Rock, his pranks as a proby (rookie), moving to lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, deputy chief, chief of operations, "and all the way up to the chief of department in October of 1999. As chief, he was responsible for 15,000 firefighters from 144 ladder companies, 210 engine companies, and many others." Chris includes stories and memories about his father which show readers a "real" look at this hero, his determination, passion for helping others, and love of his job! In one of the final chapters, titled "New York's Bravest," readers witness the TRUE heroism of this man, as he loses his own life to save thousands of civilans during the September 11th tragedy. Although the text is simplistic and lacks depth, at times, Chris Ganci writes from the heart. Readers will be touched by this true story of determination, courage, and sheer heroism! The photographs depict all aspects of Peter Ganci: a family man, a dreamer, and a truly dedicated hard working individual. The city of New York and the entire world should be aware of the risks this man made each and every day of his life in order to save the lives of so many!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lenae Haley

    I loved this book. This book was written about a NYC firefighter, Peter J. Ganci, by his son. It tells of his early days and how he became a firefighter. He started out at a low position and worked his way all the way up to Chief of the FDNY. He was a humble man and never forgot how he started out. The book tells all of his accomplishments over his career. He lost his life trying to save his firefighters during 9/11 but is still remembered today for being such a great man. I think this is my fav I loved this book. This book was written about a NYC firefighter, Peter J. Ganci, by his son. It tells of his early days and how he became a firefighter. He started out at a low position and worked his way all the way up to Chief of the FDNY. He was a humble man and never forgot how he started out. The book tells all of his accomplishments over his career. He lost his life trying to save his firefighters during 9/11 but is still remembered today for being such a great man. I think this is my favorite non-fiction picture book I've read so far. I loved how the pictures in the book were actual photographs. It was a heartfelt book. This book could be used to read around September 11th. I think it's important for kids to realize the hero's stories of that day and all the people that lost their lives trying to save others.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book is about Pete Gonci a firefighter who gave his life in 9/11. He was the fire chief commander over all of New York City. This book was awesome. 9/11 is one of my favorite things to learn about and this book didn't disappoint. It gave an awesome back story to this man who was a real life hero and an outstanding citizen and it made 9/11 that much worse to know that it killed this great American. I loved the poem that was put inside one of the chapters about the firemen. I would absolutely This book is about Pete Gonci a firefighter who gave his life in 9/11. He was the fire chief commander over all of New York City. This book was awesome. 9/11 is one of my favorite things to learn about and this book didn't disappoint. It gave an awesome back story to this man who was a real life hero and an outstanding citizen and it made 9/11 that much worse to know that it killed this great American. I loved the poem that was put inside one of the chapters about the firemen. I would absolutely read this to my class and hopefully make the point that there can be real hero's and I would read it on 9/11.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jen H.

    Touching story about the NYC chief firefighter who died on September 11. Written by his son. Cried at the end of this book. Suggest 4 grade+.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    **the True Snow Queen**

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