The Incredible Story Of How Steve Buscemi Quietly Helped Look For Survivors During 9/11

The Incredible Story Of How Steve Buscemi Quietly Helped Look For Survivors During 9/11

The actor was a firefighter in the Little Italy area of Manhattan from 1980 to 1984.

There's no denying Steve Buscemi's talent on screen. Known for his roles in movies like Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, as well as acclaimed TV shows like Boardwalk Empire, the star has won the hearts of many fans for his acting prowess. The now 63-year-old actor, who often plays oddballs and eccentric people, has won praise as well as awards for his work across the years. But did you know that the actor is a former firefighter? Steve Buscemi worked as a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) firefighter with Engine 55 in Little Italy from 1980 to 1984. After this, he left to become a full-time actor. Until he returned again in 2001—the day after the 9/11 attacks occurred, reports CBS 19.



Buscemi turned up at his old fire station ready for work as he was aware of how many firefighters were missing along with so many innocent people. Engine 55 had lost four firefighters on 9/11, as per Yahoo. The actor worked 12-hours-a-day for a week, helping his former colleagues search for survivors. Three hundred and forty-three firefighters were killed when the towers collapsed. During his initial years as a firefighter, he described the experience as "very chaotic. There’s lots of noises, you hear glass being broken, you have a mask on so you can’t really see a lot. It’s very hard to describe but all your senses are going. Your adrenaline is pumping and your mind is trying to stay focused.” There seem to be very few photos of the star working tirelessly at the World Trade Center as he wasn't there for publicity. When people tried to get photos or interview him, he refused, reported The Sun.



Later, he acknowledged that it was "a privilege" to be a part of the rescue efforts. "It was great to connect with the firehouse I used to work with and with some of the guys I worked alongside. And it was enormously helpful for me because while I was working, I didn't really think about it as much, feel it as much. It wasn't until I stopped that I really felt the full impact of what had happened. It would have been much harder for me to get through it if I hadn't been able to do that." The star has since been a part of the HBO documentary A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY, in an attempt to encourage others to join the FDNY.


Most people came to know about Buscemi's efforts only when a post on the Brotherhood of Fire Facebook page informed the world about it in September 2013. They wrote: Do you recognize this man? Do you know his name?Lots of people know he's an actor, and that his name is Steve Buscemi.What very few people realize is that he was once one of New York's Bravest.In 1976 Steve Buscemi took the FDNY civil service test when he was just 18 years old. In 1980 Steve Buscemi became a New York City Firefighter.For four years, Buscemi served on one of FDNY's busiest, Engine Co. 55 in Manhattan's Little Italy. He later left the fire service to become a successful actor, writer and director.After 9/11/2001... Brother Buscemi returned to FDNY Engine 55.On September 12, 2001 and for several days following Brother Steve worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters digging and sifting through the rubble from the World Trade Center looking for survivors.Very few photographs and no interviews exist because he declined them. He wasn't there for the publicity.In 2003 he also gave a speech at a union rally supporting higher wages for firefighters and to stop fire houses from closing. He got arrested along with other firefighters.Also not very well known is that in 2012 Brother Buscemi showed up in Breezy Point, NY and quietly assisted in the clean-up efforts of the damage and mass destruction left by Super Storm Sandy.Once a brother, always a brother!Just so we're clear… this guy is a Badass!!!Tip of the helmet Brother Steve!