New York, NY – The attack on the World Trade Center may have been nearly 20 years ago, but the aftermath of 9/11 still reverberates for those who were tasked to put out the fires and clean up the rubble from what was left of the iconic buildings in lower Manhattan.
Earlier this month, 27 members of the FDNY who died from 9/11-related diseases related to rescue and recovery work, had their names added to a memorial wall at the department’s headquarters at 9 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn.
“Our department made a solemn promise to never forget the bravery and sacrifice of the 343 members who gave their lives on September 11th, and the growing list of heroes who have died due to illnesses related to their courageous work throughout the rescue and recovery effort,” Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said. “Though we are unable to join in person this year to remember these 27 extraordinary individuals, we still pause to honor that promise by ensuring their memory lives on with their inclusion on our World Trade Center memorial wall.”
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced a closed ceremony on Sept. 9, but the livestream is currently up on the department’s website for anyone to view.
“As the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11th passes, it seems like just yesterday for a wound that will never heal,” Captains’ Representative George Farinacci of the United Fire Officers Association told LaborPress. “We remember the 343 fire fighters lost as well as those 226 lost over the past nineteen years as a result of the rescue recovery effort.”
Battalion Chief Dennis Moynihan (Battalion 18), firefighter Walter McKee (Battalion 39), auto mechanic James Sottile (Shops) and firefighter Paul Greco (Squad 270) were added to the wall.
In addition, firefighters John Boyle (Rescue 1), Daniel Foley (Rescue 3) and Richard Tanagretta (Rescue 5), Richard Jones (Ladder 35), Joseph Walsh (Ladder 32), Owen Carlock (Ladder 122), Clifford DiMuro (Ladder 137) and Michael Feldman (Ladder 161) were added to the memorial.
Captains Dennis Goolhooly (Engine 67) and Robert Collis (Engine 304) and lieutenants Richard Estreicher (Engine 248), Kevin Dunn (Engine 251) and Paul Deo (Engine 317) are were added to the memorial wall.
Firefighters Robert Gless (Engine 329), John O’Brien (Engine 329), James Hurson (Engine 318), Joseph Losinno (Engine 302), Robert Fitzgibbon (Engine 47), Roger Espinal (Engine 320), Andrew Garguilo (Engine 160), Brian Casse (Engine 294), Joseph Hatzelman (Engine 218) and John Marr (Engine 34) were also added to the memorial wall.
“Each anniversary dozens of concurrent ceremonies take place to honor the memories of our fallen brothers and sisters,” said Farinacci. “These ceremonies range from large televised broadcast at the WTC sight to intimate firehouse gatherings. The anniversary is an opportunity to hear and speak their names and tell their stories, this we do to fulfill our promise to Never Forget.”