An ER nurse has been reunited with the New York City firefighter who saved her from a burning building 37 years ago.
Deirdre Taylor works a nurse in Virginia. When the COVID-19 crisis started developing, she decided to go to New York City and help.
“I had always wanted to track down the firefighter who saved me, so I could say thank you.” She made sure to pack a possession that she held dear for over three decades: a front-page newspaper article about the firefighter, Eugene Pugliese, who save her and her mother from their burning apartment building.
During one of her shifts in NYC, Deirdre told a firefighter her story. He called the current captain of FDNY Ladder 20 in Manhattan, who knew exactly who she was looking for. Deirdre called Eugene right after her shift and was very happy to hear his voice on the other end. They have spoken twice since reconnecting and hope to meet in person once it's safe to do so.
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