I recently had an opportunity to speak with one of New York’s hunky firemen Alfred Spinelli.
By: Joshua Conner
Alfred Spinelli is a firefighter at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), U.S. Navy Veteran and published cover model, living in Staten Island, New York. Spinelli inspires me professionally and personally. Professionally, I am inspired by how Spinelli served our country in the Navy and continues to serve as a firefighter. Personally, I am inspired by how Spinelli puts family first, his style, physique, and his delicious chef-inspired and didactic Instagram posts. Spinelli is as charming as his New York Commish accent.
Who would play Spinelli in a movie?
“An actor, that I actually paid attention to, and the funny thing is, I kind of like him, I like the show Chicago Fire, is Kelly Severide, Taylor Kinney. Yeah, apparently, being a fireman, and him being a fireman on the show, a couple of people have referenced the two of us together. So, I watched a couple of his movies, and I watched the show, and I like him. He seems like a pretty stand up guy, which is basically, what I try to be,” said Spinelli.
Spinelli’s most memorable year was 2001. This was the year his daughter was born, and 9/11 was his first day on the job as a firefighter.
“My most memorable year, I’m going to have to say 2001, hahaha. So, basically, January 2001, my daughter was born, and July of 2001, I became a New York City firefighter, so FDNY. I graduated from the academy on September 8, 2001, and 9/11 was my first day on the job. If there was any one year, that really stands out, it’s definitely 2001,” said Spinelli.
If Spinelli’s mantra was a hashtag, what would it be?
“If my mantra was a hashtag, again 9 out of 10 times, when I post something, one of the hashtags, is generally, something about family. Whether it’s #familyfirst or #familyalways. Just for that reason, everything that I have ever done is based on what is important to me. It’s definitely family first,” said Spinelli.
What are Spinelli’s underwear preferences?
“Alright, I don’t know too many men who wear boxers anymore. The boxer brief has been a staple for the last 10-12 years though. 9 out of 10 times, I’m buying Hanes, with no tags, with the little writing on front. I’ve actually been online, and I’ve ordered a few, from just some random companies. Some of these are just, so damn comfortable, it’s not even funny. Overall, I’m a Hanes kind of guy,” said Spinelli.
If Spinelli could leave his kids one quality, it would be loyalty.
“One quality, it would be loyalty. They got to be loyal to each other, and they got to be loyal to the family. I mean, it goes hand and hand with honesty, being truthful and in general, you have to be straightforward. No lies, no beating around anything, you just have to tell it like it is,” said Spinelli.
Spinelli enjoys everything about being a fireman, and ultimately it’s a calling.
“Everything, it’s a calling, it’s something that some guys choose, some guys always wanted to be, and there are very few that actually can be. To me, FDNY, or Chicago Fire, that’s just, at least to me, it’s earned, no one can give it to you. When you earn it, it’s the best feeling in the world,” said Spinelli.
If Spinelli could have a conversation with anyone died or alive, it would be with his mother, who passed 21 years ago.
“I told you, I’m a family man, so if I could go back, and have a conversation with anyone it would be mom. The reason why is because it has been 21 years. There is so much to talk about, and so much, that’s she missed out on,” said Spinelli.
What would be Spinelli’s last meal?
“My last meal, if I was cooking it. If I was going to cook my last meal, wow, man, I love everything that I cook. You know, I would probably do the tuna steaks, with the white rice and cilantro, with mango pineapple salsa. That’s always been one of my favorites. I think I like that one, now I’m hungry, ” said Spinelli.