32 Firefighters’ names added to World Trade Center Memorial Wall

From our friends at FDNY HQ

Today, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro added the names of 32 members who died of illnesses related to their work in the World Trade Center rescue and recoveryefforts to the World Trade Center Memorial Wall at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn. A total of 159 FDNY members are now listed on the World Trade Center Memorial Wall, which was unveiled in September 2011. “Our World Trade Center Memorial Wall is a testament to their courage 16 years ago, and in the face of illness. It is a symbol of our Department’s bravery, and it demonstrates the dangers our members face, and the lengths they will go to honor their sworn oaths.

The 32 members we remember today were without question courageous and brave, they were dedicated and compassionate, and they performed their duties, no matter the cost,” said Commissioner Nigro. “There is no number like 343 to describe them, because we don’t know when this loss will stop. No one does. We only know that far too many more of our members are sick, and we know the number who lose their lives because of September 11th will continue to grow year after year. To date, we have gathered more than 100 times at our firehouses and EMS Stations, at our shops, here in our offices at headquarters and in every bureau to honor each of these individuals. With today’s ceremony, 159 names will now sit in a place of honor on that solemn wall.”

The inscription on the World Trade Center Memorial Wall reads:“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”

Those added today to the World Trade Center Memorial Wall are:

Firefighter Gary E. Celentani, Engine Company 233
Lieutenant Cruz Antonio Fernandez, Ladder Company 111
Firefighter Robert J. Ventriglia, Engine Company 207
Firefighter James M. Hicks, Engine Company 7
Firefighter Thomas A. Lynn, Engine Company 5
EMT Norman Valle, Station 20
Firefighter Thomas Farrell, Ladder Company 41
Firefighter Robert W. Johnson, Engine Company 81
Fire Marshal Gregorio Morales, Bronx Base
Firefighter William E. Woodlon, Engine Company 21
Lieutenant Ronald D. Biller, Engine Company 151
Captain Vincent R. Ungaro, Engine Company 235
Firefighter Paul F. Santoro, Engine Company 259
Firefighter John A. Dunn, Engine Company 230
Firefighter Harry L. Davis, Squad 18
Lieutenant Raymond W. Alexander, Engine Company 70
Firefighter Joseph P. O’Toole, Ladder Company 41
Firefighter Kevin A. Rooney Engine Company 42
Firefighter Brian J. Masterson, Marine 9
Firefighter Robert F. DiGiovanni, Ladder Company 144
Lieutenant Edith E. Torres, Bureau of Communications/EMD
Firefighter Robert E. Newman, Ladder Company 18
EMT Rose M. Scott, Bureau of Communications
Lieutenant Steven Sorger, Engine Company 6
Lieutenant Mario Bastidas, Station 58
Firefighter Roy E. Smith, Engine Company 156
Firefighter James J. Lanza, Ladder Company 43
Paramedic Mark A. Harris, Station 23
Firefighter Raymond J. Pfeifer, Engine Company 40
Lieutenant William J. Kelly, Ladder Company 116
Firefighter William J. Gormley, Ladder Company 174
Marine Engineer Robert W. Alexander Marine 1

Read more about today’s ceremony here.

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