nancy carbone

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Nancy Carbone, Age 57
Founder and executive director, Friends of Firefighters

Her Rescue Mission

In the aftermath of 9/11, Nancy, a Brooklyn resident who had firefighter friends who survived the disaster, wanted to do something to help. She began by carting supplies but soon realized that what the firefighters returning from Ground Zero needed was counseling and support groups. She founded her organization in 2001 to offer that assistance, along with health and financial programs, to New York City's firefighters and their families. In her spare time, she rebuilds classic cars. As for keeping up appearances, she says, "I'm in a firehouse or a garage all day, so what do I need makeup for?"