Battalion Chief Joseph Marchbanks Jr.


Joseph Marchbanks Jr., 47, a firefighter for 22 years, was a chief with Batallion 12. Born and raised in the Bronx, Marchbanks took the tests and was accepted by both the New York City Police Department and the fire department, choosing the latter for his career. He lived in Nanuet, N.Y., with his wife, Teresa, and his children, Lauren, 14, and Ryan, 8. "He had an extremely good sense of humor. He held the family together, he was the hub," said his sister, Kathleen Allison. She said he coached his daughter's softball team and was a regular at all the soccer and baseball games his son played in. Marchbanks' survivors include a twin brother in Boston.

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