You loved him in grownups, he enthralled us in Con Air and was the madcap savior in Armageddon but incredible Steve Buscemi isn’t just about acting. There’s much more to this man that meets the eye. You see, before becoming an actor Steve Buscemi was a fireman and what most people don’t know is that this man did something incredible during the devastation of 9/11.
Steve rejoined his old firefighting unit and worked twelve hour shifts with other firemen in rescue attempts among the rubble of the World Trade Center. Now that’s social service for you. Selfless without conditions and certainly with no cameras in tow. Obviously it was highlighted later from the reliable of sources.
1 The many faces of Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi has thrilled us with his versatile acting prowess and various personas onscreen. His filmography sports some big names like Reservoir Dogs, The Sopranos, the psycho in Con Air, the eccentric in Armageddon and the funny man in Grownups alongside Adam Sandler.
2 Did you remember the memes with Steve Buscemi Eyes?
There were several memes doing the rounds with Steve’s eyes pasted on women. That turned out a hilarious experiment. But all this was forgotten because Steve Buscemi has now gained fame for having done something incredible and something marvelous. His beautiful act of helping in the rescue of 9/11 and in a much bigger capacity then you could imagine.
3 The other side of Incredible Steve Buscemi
What Steve Buscemi did in the aftermath of 9/11 wasn’t in the glare of the media until Firemen posted something startling and revealing about the actor in 2013. The post was put up on the Brotherhood of Fire Facebook page and it read like this.
Steve Declined Interviews and Refused Publicity
The post continued to state that Steve Buscemi refused to be photographed saying he wasn’t there for the publicity. What people don’t even know is that wasn’t the first time Buscemi had volunteered his firefighting skills.
In 2010 he showed up in Breezy Point NY and selflessly helped in the cleanup efforts of all the damage caused by the destruction of Super storm sandy. The Page post ended in these words.
“Once a brother, always a brother! Just so we’re clear… Tip of the helmet Brother Steve!”
4 Here’s Steve back in 1980
Take a look at Steve Buscemi when he was a firefighter in 1980. No one could have guessed the other side of Steve until the Brotherhood of Fire Facebook page spilled the beans to the world about the incredible Steve Buscemi.
5 For Steve, It was a privilege
According to Steve, it was a privilege being able to volunteer and work alongside firemen working in the rescue of survivors from the rubble in the WTC. Said Steve” it was enormously helpful for me because while I was working, I didn’t really think about it as much, feel it as much.
That’s Steve Buscemi for you. Mr. loony eyes were busy rescuing people from fires until he decided he wanted to become a star. Well he achieved that alright but for many he will be bigger than a star due to his selfless and beautiful act of solidarity. He will always be the Incredible Steve Buscemi.
6 Bigger than a Star
In the attack on The WTC on 9/11, 343 firefighters gave their lives trying to rescue people from the crumbling structure. There were made up of teams from 75 firehouses across the city. It will always go down in New York’s firefighting history as a day of remembrance in memory of all those who lost their lives to a despicable terrorist attack.
Among the teams at work was Steve Buscemi’s old unit in little Italy, Engine 55 which he joined in 1980. Steve never forgets his firefighting days and even made a documentary titled ‘’A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY’’ depicting behind the scenes of a firefighting unit and the effort that goes into firefighting in the city of New York. It was aired on HBO in 2014.