Service was held
on October 20, 2001.
on December 14, 2001.
Still Speaks to Her
Lt. Peter C. Martin had plenty of interests. He liked to watch
Nascar races, "glued to the TV," said his friend, Lt. Peter
Lund. He also kept track of how many fires he had been to, perhaps
inspired by a book, "20,000 Alarms," that was lying around the
Rescue 2 firehouse in Brooklyn. And once a month, he would take
out the antique rifles he collected, put on a cowboy hat and
take aim at the buffalo silhouettes set up on a field in the
Hamptons with other members of the local Single Action Shooting
Society. There he was known as "Sidewinder Pete," a true aficionado
to whom the group dedicated a memorial shoot last month. But
mostly, Mr. Martin, 43, cared about being a father to his three
boys, ages 13, 9 and 6. His own father had died when he was
11 months old. "As much as he loved the Fire Department, his
first love was ours," said his wife, Alice. "He would race home
from work so he could put the boys to bed. He'd sing to them,
and tell them stories. He had a whole routine." Now Mrs. Martin
is taking care of things on her own. "I get a lot of strength
from Peter," she said. "I can almost hear him saying to me,
'Everything's O.K.' " Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES
on November 11, 2001.