Jack J. Santora, of Tottenville, Staten Island, passed away at Staten Island University Hospital on Friday morning, July 14th, 2023. He was 64.
Jack was born to parents John and Beatrice Santora (Amato), at the Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn on October 28, 1958. Jack spent most of his childhood in Brooklyn and graduated from William E. Grady CTE High School in 1977. He moved to the northern shore of Staten Island later that year where he would meet his wife, Tammie Miller. The two wed in 1986 and shortly thereafter moved to their house on Fisher Avenue in Tottenville, where the two would start a family of their own.
Jack was a dedicated and decorated member of the New York Police Department, where he began his career as a Police Officer in 1988. Jack obtained the rank of Sergeant in the 1st Precinct in November 1998, a position he held at the time of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center buildings. He joined countless other first responders in search and rescue efforts in the weeks following the attacks, selflessly sacrificing time with his family and putting his own health and well-being at substantial risk. He took great personal pride in his work with the NYPD, including as a member of the Manhattan South Task Force and the Staten Island Task Force. Jack retired in 2017 after nearly 30 years of service.
Aside from his career, Jack enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid fisher, enjoyed learning about history, and had a great love of animals. Jack was defined by his grit, selflessness and generosity, and would often seek out opportunities to help those in need.
Jack is survived by his wife Tammie, his daughter Carol Scarpa and his granddaughter, Annalisa Scarpa, and his sons Anthony and Michael. He is predeceased by his brother, Dominic Santora.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and honors military personnel and first responders.