“The only way to describe Jeff is to say he was the most caring, gentle, kind and patient person every to enter my life.”Jeff and Rani lived in Tuckahoe with their 3-year-old son Bradley, who, after being told they couldn’t have children, was somewhat of a miracle to them. Every Thursday, Jeff’s day off from Ladder 9, he would do something special with his son. They went to nearby Bronx Zoo and Mets stadium, or spent the afternoon at a park. Jeff shared a passion for mountain biking with his older brother, Raymond. He often would ride his bike from his home to the firehouse, a 2-hour trip.Rani Walz, Jeff’s wife.
“The bond between brothers is an extraordinary one that can never be broken. His heroic efforts are a testament to the type of man we can all be proud of. I not only lost a terrific brother, but also my best friend.”Raymond Walz, Jeff’s brother.
“He cherished every possible moment with his family. He was a wonderful husband and father.”Family was tremendously important to Jeff. He cherished his wife and son. He was proud of being a firefighter.Karen Ciaccio, Jeff’s sister.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Ladder 9 was dispatched to the World Trade Center. Jeff did not escape Tower 1 before it collapsed."Jeffrey grew into a very fine young man, not just as a son, but as a brother, husband to his wife, Rani, and most of all, a wonderful father to his son, Bradley,"Jennie and Raymond Walz, Jeff's parents.
Rest in peace.