12 years later, 12 names added to Memorial Wall
343 members of the FDNY were killed in the devastating September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, and the tragedy continues to live on for those who are suffering from illnesses related to their work at the site during and after the attacks. Last Friday, members of the community gathered at the World Trade Center Memorial Wall at the FDNY Headquarters in MetroTech to remember twelve men who passed away from such illnesses this year.
Family members and friends of the twelve men stood beside hundreds of uniformed members of the FDNY for prayers, songs, and support. The ceremonies began with an awe-inspiring performance of America the Beautiful by firefighter Regina Wilson and included blessings delivered by Reverend Stephen Harding, a musical interlude by FDNY bagpiper Jerry Brengel, and a laying of flowers by family members.
“For many, moving on is the best way to cope. But we don’t have that option,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said in his remarks to the crowd. “As this memorial wall grows, we see that the impact of 9/11 continues to grow. That’s why we gather here each year. We gather to remember.”
The Memorial Wall was revealed in 2011 and now has 76 plaques for members of the FDNY – including paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, lieutenants, and more – all of whom passed away due to illnesses related to their work at the World Trade Center site.
The names added to the wall on Friday include:
- Deputy Assistant Chief EMS John S. McFarland, EMS Operations
- EMT Anthony J. Ficara, Station 43
- Lieutenant Patrick J. Sullivan, Ladder Co. 58
- Firefighter Michael F. Mongelli, Battalion 39
- Firefighter Lawrence J. Sullivan, Rescue 5
- Firefighter G. Behette, Ladder Co. 172
- EMT Joseph V. Schiumo, Station 20
- Paramedic Ruben I. Berrios, Station 20
- Battalion Chief John K. Corcoran, Battalion 52
- Firefighter Andrew D. Dal Cortivo, Engine Co. 227
- Lieutenant Martin T. Fullam, Ladder Co. 87
- Firefighter Charles L. Jones III, Ladder Co. 165