Daughter of FDNY Firefighter Killed on 9/11 Graduating from Fire Academy

Josephine Smith, 34, says she has wanted to be a firefighter for as long as she can remember, and losing her father in the terror attacks only strengthened her resolve. Now she’s set to become the first daughter of a firefighter killed on 9/11 to become a firefighter herself, reports The New York Daily News.

“I couldn’t be more honored to follow in my father’s footsteps and carry out his legacy,” Smith told the Daily News. “It’s a big deal to me.”

Smith has wanted to be a firefighter her entire life.

“As long as I can remember, as far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a firefighter,” she said, beaming with pride after completing a set of scenarios for FDNY Family Day Saturday, an event that shows the upcoming graduates’ family and friends what their loved ones have learned during their 18 weeks of training.

“I remember being like these little kids here, playing on the firetruck at my dad’s firehouse. And always telling my dad I was going to work with him one day. Always,” she said.

Kevin Smith, 47, a father of eight from Long Island, was stationed at Hazmat Co. 1 in Manhattan on 9/11.

“Hazmat is one of our elite units that was completely wiped out on 9/11,” said FDNY spokesman Jim Long. “Her father is one of the unaccounted for.”

After losing her father, Smith said her desire to follow in his footsteps only became stronger.

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