FDNY Firefighter Ronnie Gies, Jr. has become a lieutenant today, the rank his father, FDNY Firefighter Ronald Gies, Sr., studied for. But unfortunately he didn’t get he chance to get promoted, as the sad events of September 11, 2001 occurred.

“I’m going to be thinking about him when I get on the stage. I’m going to let him know I’m doing this for him,” the younger firefighter Gies told Thomas Tracy of the New York Daily News.

Firefighter Gies was 16 when his father responded to the 9/11 events, and had planned to become a sports agent. He joined the FDNY in 2008. His elder brother Tommy joined the FDNY in 2004.

“If my dad was still alive today I wouldn’t be a firefighter. He was my best friend and the best dad and he loved this job.”