Long before garnering critically acclaimed roles in Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, and Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi spent many days and nights risking his life as an FDNY firefighter. During the early ’80s, he was a hardworking member of Engine Co. 55, a fire station based in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown Manhattan.
Though he eventually went on to pursue a career in acting, Buscemi never abandoned his devotion to his city. In fact, as the Brotherhood of Fire pointed out in a 2013 post, the Brooklyn-born star returned to serve alongside his brothers shortly after the tragic events of 9/11.
“Brother Steve worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters digging and sifting through the rubble from the World Trade Center looking for survivors,” the Facebook post reads. “Very few photographs and no interviews exist because he declined them. He wasn’t there for the publicity.”