I met John Vigiano in June of 2003 on a troop support visit to Iraq and we have remained good friends ever since. A devoted family man, he served as a US Marine and was a highly decorated veteran of the Fire Department of New York. John was quite simply a great American who inspired countless individuals to service. He introduced me to the FDNY back in October of 2003, at Ladder 132 in Brooklyn after having lost two sons on September 11, 2001. Joe Vigiano, a police officer, and John Jr a firefighter named here in this photo with five of his fallen brothers taken at the firehouse that October day. I am deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful man and will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to his family and all who had the privilege of calling him a friend. I was honored to be among them. Thank you, John. God bless you, my friend.