On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has added the names of 13 department members who died from illnesses related to their work at Ground Zero to the World Trade Center Memorial Wall at FDNY headquarters.
In attendance at the Thursday, September 4 event were Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, First Deputy Commissioner Robert Turner II, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff and the families of the 13 deceased FDNY members.
“Coming home 12 years later to a department I love, I still see our families grieving, far too many of our members still suffering, and I see that terrible day continues to take far too many of the very best among us,” said Nigro. “Each of these 13 FDNY members we honor in this ceremony responded to the attacks or took part in the arduous task of searching day and night for their 343 FDNY brothers and the thousands of civilians killed.”
The World Trade Memorial Wall was unveiled in September 2011, at FDNY headquarters, 9 Metro Tech Center, with an inscription that says, “Dedicated to the memory of those who bravely served this department protecting life and property in the City of New York in the rescue and recovery effort at Manhattan Box 5-5-8087 World Trade Center.” Before the newly added names, the wall had listed 76 FDNY members, all of whom succumbed to illness as a result of their efforts at Ground Zero.
The heroes added to the Memorial wall include:
- Battalion Chief Richard D. Arazosa;
- Battalion Chief Thomas R. Van Doran;
- Captain Peter J. Casey;
- Supervising Fire Marshal Emil K. Harnischfeger;
- Lieutenant Thomas J. Greaney;
- Lieutenant Steven B. Reisman;
- Firefighter Keith E. Atlas;
- Firefighter Willie T. Franklin Jr.;
- Firefighter William H. Quick;
- Firefighter Walter Torres;
- Paramedic Rudolph T. Havelka;
- Paramedic John W. Wyatt Jr.;
- EMT Francis A. Charles.