FDNY Adds 27 Names to World Trade Center Memorial Wall

The 27 former New York City firefighters died of 9/11-related illnesses in the past year, making the new total of firefighters killed after the attacks to 227.

The New York City Fire Department has added the names of 27 department members who died of illnesses related to their work in their rescue and recovery efforts on September 11, 2001 to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall in a closed ceremony.

Those 27 former New York City firefighters died of 9/11-related illnesses in the past year, making the new total of firefighters killed after the attacks to 227. This is in addition to the 343 killed on the the day of September 11. 

"Our department made a solemn promise to never forget the bravery and sacrifice of the 343 members who gave their lives on September 11th, and the growing list of heroes who have died due to illnesses related to their courageous work throughout the rescue and recovery effort," Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

September 11, 2020 marks the 19th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, memorial efforts will look different. This year, instead of a live reading of the names of those killed in the attacks, recorded readings of the names made by 9/11 family members will be used. 

"The reading of the names is at the heart of our mission at the 9/11 Memorial," officials wrote on the 9/11 Memorial & Museum's website. "Given the dangerous health risks associated with large gatherings, we put an enormous amount of thought into how we could hold this year's event safely. We are committed to a live commemoration that will be as beautiful and meaningful as ever, while also protecting the health and well-being of families. We can and will do both."

Click here to read the names of the additional 27 department members added to the World Trade Memorial Wall.

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