My twin died by suicide. I’ve been too ashamed to talk about it – until now.

I haven’t been able to talk about my brother because of my guilt and shame in not being able to help him. But I want to find ways to help others. I don’t talk about Steve anymore. He’s become my secret. The one I’m too ashamed to share. Steve and I were uncommonly close, that…

Three Staten Island brothers graduate FDNY academy within months of one another

“It was a beautiful thing to see them supporting each other,” said their mother, Suzette Machuca. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When Daniel Machuca, 28, graduated from the FDNY academy in August, his two younger brothers, who graduated just months prior, didn’t hesitate to commemorate his accomplishment. Jason Machuca, 23, and Eric Machuca, 25, stationed at…