Born in Ponce, P.R.

Puerto Rico
Born November 18, 1963 in Ponce P.R.,  Carlos at the early age of 14 came to New York and lived in Astoria, Queens. He attended Long Island City High School and became the captain of the Gynastic team. Soon his pation turned to help others; this is when he decided to be a volunteer at the Astoria General Hospital and eventually became a member of the FDNY paramedic team. He was a member of the force for over 18 years.

A tribute to Carlos

youtube video of a tribute to Carlos Lillo from a song his nephew Colby O'Donis's wrote shortly after 9/11.


Carlos Lillo Dedication

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13 years later PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 September 2014 03:42

It was 13 years ago we lost you, our life was never the same and forever an emptiness was left in our hearts. Honestly it feels like it was just the other day this dark and awful day happened. Unfortunately things are worst nowadays, terrorist are still killing americans and the terrorism threat is greater today than it ever was.

But one thing have no changed and that is the pain an anguish we still feel since the day you left us. Many times I wonder where you will be today, I think about the nephews and nieces we never had the pleasure to know, I think about the get togethers we never had the opportunity to have. We miss you today just like it was yesterday and days like todays remind us how important it is to cherish each and every day with those we love. If there is one thing I learned from this experienced is that every day is a gift and tomorrow is not guarantee so there is no time to waste and we must value and take advantage and enjoy the moment with those we care. Today we once again remembered the sacrifice you did for the people of New York City and this great nation, the hero that you became to many who knew you and to many that didn’t and we will always miss you until the day we will depart from this earth to meet you again.


your brother


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City of Ponce, Puerto Rico Honors Carlos Lillo PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 September 2012 20:41

On Monday September 10, 2012, Carlos Lillo’s birth place and hometown the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico unanimously passed a resolution to honor the memory and the sacrifice Carlos demonstrated during the events of 9/11. “The whole town of Ponce was not aware of Carlos bravery and ultimate sacrifice” commented Alexander Bravo who was a key person that took the initiative to honor Carlos’ memory after Cheo Rodriguez, a childhood friend of Carlos mentioned to him that he couldn’t understand why the city of Ponce have not honor Carlos for what he did. “Now we are learning more about him and let see what next year is going to bring” said Alexander. He also said “My full admiration to Carlos’ legacy and to me it was a great honor to let more people in his hometown learn more about Carlos story”.

Carlos was born on November 18, 1963 in Ponce, PR. He attended “Colegio Sagrada Familia” until the 6th grade and then attended “Escuela Dr. Rafael Pujals”. He lived in Ponce until he departed to New York in June 1978 at the age of 14. As a child, Carlos always demonstrated a passion for those less fortunate and always reached out to those in need of help. It was this passion that took him to become a New York City FDNY Paramedic working the rough streets of New York.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 18:24
Carlos Lillo Park Dedication PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 October 2008 02:58

Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and the family of Carlos Lillo gathered on OctoberCarlos Lillo Park 2, 2008 to officially open Carlos Lillo Memorial Park in Astoria, Queens. Joining them at the ceremonial opening were representatives of the FDNY and EMS services, Queens elected officials, civic leaders, and children from nearby P.S. 2.

Carlos Lillo, a New York City paramedic from Astoria, died on September 11, 2001, while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Assemblyman Gianaris obtained state funding for the acquisition and development of the park and worked tirelessly to see the park through from idea to completion.

"Carlos Lillo was a credit to our community through his hard work as a paramedic long before September 11, 2001," said Assemblyman Gianaris. "It is fitting to recognize the achievements and sacrifice of this local hero by building this park in his name."

The official web site link for NY City Park and Recreation for Carlos Lillo Park

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 19:12
September 11, 2009 - another year gone by PDF Print E-mail
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Is it me or does it feels like September 11, 2001 happened just the other day; I suppose for those of us that were directly affected by the events the feelings are still very real, the wounds are still fresh and have not yet fully healed. Where did the time go? It seems unreal that it has been 8 years since our lives completely changed. Whatever happened to September 12, when we all became one family, one community, one city, and one nation? Things are a little bit more normal nowadays and sometimes I wonder if we forgot the pain, the emptiness, the loneliness and those feelings we can’t even described that we all experienced on that dark day.

One thing is for certain, we lost a great deal of good people and I lost a part of my life that it can never get back, my brother Carlos Lillo. He was indeed a very caring and loving person even to those that hardly knew him. I don’t need to say much as many of you had the privileged to shared some good times together with him so I will let his testimony speak for itself.

EMS Training Video Game with a Fictional City named in honor of Carlos Lillo PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 September 2008 15:36


Virtual Disasters: EMS Training Goes High-Tech

George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute recently released ZERO HOUR: America's Medic, downloadable courseware developed to train EMS providers and first responders. The National Emergency Medical Preparedness Institute project uses game-based learning (also known as "serious gaming") to teach and practice EMS operational response to large-scale disasters.
The scenarios are set in five different locations. Each of the locations directly correlates to large and mid-sized urban environments. In addition to being a training tool, ZERO HOUR is also a memorial to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The game takes place in the fictional city of Saint Lillo, named in honor of FDNY SOD EMS paramedic Carlos Lillo, who was killed in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Other streets and building names honor the other EMS providers killed on that day.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 September 2008 03:28
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