During the early morning hours of Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 the Staten Island native was returning to base after a night mission. It was then that Marrocco's vehicle sustained a direct hit by what the military calls an "Explosive Fired Projectile."
The projectile entered the vehicle through his door and changed his life for ever. He sustained severe injuries including a severed carotid artery, and now Marrocco is a quadruple amputee.
On Thursday he was given the gift of a new home thanks to the "Building Homes for Heroes Program" and members of New York's Bravest helped raise the roof.
"They say I really deserve it, but there's so many other people in my mind that deserve it more than I," said Marrocco.