Tuesday, June 9, 2020

A heartfelt reunion

In 1983, when Deirdre Taylor was only 4 years old, she was rescued from possible death in a burning apartment building by a New York City firefighter. She still has the front page news article about it, complete with a picture of her rescuer, Eugene Pugliese. When Taylor, now a nurse, went to New York City for two months to help battle the pandemic, she would not help but wonder if Pugliese was nearby.

During one of her shifts, she told her story to a local fire fighter, and it only took him one phone call to the Fire Department of New York to find Pugliese. After all these years, the two of them finally connected. "She turned out to be a magnificent woman with a magnificent life," Pugliese said. And they're both die-hard Yankees fans.

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