Brooklyn street renamed for Firefighter William Gormley, who died from 9/11 illness

A Flatbush street corner at Flatbush and Flatlands Avenues has been named for FF William Gormley, who died last year of World Trade Center-related lung cancer, and who grew up on the street, report Ellen Moynihan and Leonard Greene of the New York Daily News. FF Gormley worked at East Flatbush’s Ladder 174 as well, making the tribute especially fitting.

FF Gormley, 53, left a widow, four children, and a wide circle of family and friends.

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Clarkstown street dedicated to FDNY Lt. Joseph Stach who died of 9/11-related causes

FDNY Lieutenant Joseph Stach, who died of World Trade Center-related pancreatic cancer in January, has been remembered with the renaming of a Clarkstown street that now bears the name “Joe Stach’s Way.”

Lt. Stach was 51, and a 20-year FDNY veteran who was also a volunteer firefighter in Upper Nyack. His family and friends attended Saturday’s ceremony, reports Nicholas Tantillo of the Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

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Twin Towers engineer blamed himself after 9/11

Structural engineer Leslie Robertson worked on the World Trade Center with Minoru Yamasaki. Now 90, he spoke to Hana R. Alberts  of the New York Post about the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the Towers he helped design.

“The towers were designed [to withstand a] 707… . a low-flying, slow-flying 707 heading for Idlewild,” he said.

“Buildings should be built for people, not for attacks. The untoward events of life will probably take place, but if we design for them, then life would be a horrible place to live in … We have to think about life first.”

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