Firefighter Tarel Coleman, FDNY

Firefighter Tarel Coleman, FDNY

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Tarel Coleman's family knew when he was just a youngster that he was destined to be a firefighter. Not content to witness a fire from afar, little Tarel had to see one up close. "At 5 years old, he stuck his head inside an incinerator to see a fire," said his older brother, John Coleman Jr. Tarel had his eyebrows singed and lost some hair, but was otherwise unharmed. "That's when we basically knew he was going to be a firefighter," his brother said.

Tarel Coleman grew up to be a sports-loving, hip-hop music-loving member of Squad 252 in Bushwick. On Sept. 11, he died at the World Trade Center. The father of a teenage girl, Coleman was 32. "He was very wild-eyed, very fiery ... He was always someone you wanted on your team"

Coleman joined the fire department in 1993, fulfilling his lifelong dream. He was an avid Giants and Knicks fan, played defensive back for a fire department football team and played flag football for a local club known as TNP (Take No Prisoners). His no-holds-barred style of play earned Coleman the nickname "Prozac." He also played softball for three teams. Tarel used his remarkable speed to become the "best outfielder there was; He literally ran a 4.3 40.

Running wasn't the only thing Coleman could do with his feet. "He really did love to dance," especially to hip-hop, R&B and salsa music. He would not leave the dance floor." Info Credit: -- Carl MacGowan (Newsday) 

$5 from each set of Firefighter Coleman wraps sold will benefit The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.

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