David M. Weiss‚ 41‚ firefighter‚ FDNY‚ Rescue 1. Weiss excelled with the elite Rescue 1 team‚which he joined after receiving the Emily Trevor / Mary B. Warren Medal for Heroism for a daring 1997 East River rescue attempt. In 1993‚ he was the Fire Fighter’s Quarterly Man of the Year. He was also given a New York City Transit Award. Weiss was born and raised in Freeport‚ N.Y. and was a member of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department. He was the devoted father of two teenage children.