Probie Rob Tilearcio Follows in His Father’s Footsteps
One of 21 Legacies to Join FDNY
Congratulations to our friend and former colleague, Robert Tilearcio, who was sworn in as a firefighter this past September. Rob is following in the footsteps of his father, our client, Robert ‘Skippy’ Tilearcio, a member of Engine 266 who served the City of New York for 36 years. Rob’s accomplishment is all the more meaningful because in 2017, his father succumbed to brain cancer due to his work at Ground Zero.
Rob’s father was a hero in the truest sense of the word. He made a dozen trips to D.C. to advocate for sick 9/11 workers, even as he battled his own illness. It was important to him to walk the halls of Congress on behalf of those who were too sick to be there themselves.
After his father’s death, Rob carried that mantle, traveling to D.C., some with our firm and some with the UFOA, to tell his father’s story. Their extraordinary efforts were instrumental in the extension of the Zadroga Act, which permanently funded the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Rob is now a probationary firefighter in Ladder 113. He is part of a historic probie class. It includes 21 legacy firefighters, 19 of whom lost a parent due to 9/11 or its aftermath, and two others who lost a parent in other line-of-duty accidents. We are enormously proud of Rob’s accomplishments, and we wish him and his fellow probies the very best as they begin their firefighting careers.