Gravesend Corner Named in Memory of FDNY Hero

Paula Katinas, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

A Gravesend street corner now bears the name of a firefighter who worked on the recovery effort at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and who later contracted cancer.

Members of the Tropea family and firefighters unveil the new street sign with help from politicians. Photo courtesy of Councilmember Mark Treyger’s office

Members of the Tropea family and firefighters unveil the new street sign with help from politicians. Photo courtesy of Councilmember Mark Treyger’s office

The city officially re-named the corner of Highlawn Avenue and West 11th Street “Firefighter William ‘Billy’ Tropea Way” during a ceremony led by Councilmember Mark Treyger on Saturday. Hundreds of people, including dozens of firefighters, attended the street-renaming event.

Tropea died of cancer in 2010.

His widow, Janet Tropea, addressed the crowd, telling the firefighters, dignitaries and her neighbors that her family was honored by the tribute to her late husband. Read More »

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30K runners finish annual Tunnel to Towers charity run from Brooklyn to World Trade Center

Reuven Blau  New York Daily News

Runners

The annual Tunnel to Towers charity run carried an even more somber tone Sunday after the deaths last week of three retired FDNY firefighters who toiled at Ground Zero after 9/11 [sic – more somber for the press, not to the 9/11 community, that has lost recovery workers continuously].

An estimated 30,000 runners finished the 3.1-mile course from Brooklyn to the World Trade Center, the route that hero FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller took on September 11, 2001, as he raced to the burning buildings.

The 34-year-old, who made the run in full gear, met up with his colleagues at the site and was among the 343 members of the FDNY who died that day.

And 13 years later, the 9/11 death toll continues to rise. Read More »

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Retired FDNY Lt. Howard Bischoff laid to rest after dying from September 11th-related illness

Daily News staff 

Family and friends filled St. Aloysius Church in Jackson Township, N.J., Saturday to say goodbye to one of New York’s Bravest heroes.

Funeral for retired FDNY Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff. Photo - Tony Kurdzuk

Funeral for retired FDNY Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff. Photo – Tony Kurdzuk

Retired FDNY Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff was laid to rest. Bischoff, 58, was one of three firefighters to die Monday from cancers related to their efforts trying to recover remains at Ground Zero.

Also dying that day were firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel (Sam) Heglund, 58. Bischoff and Leaver were lifelong friends from Brooklyn.

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