Thursday, September 10, 2015

An Ominous Echo

Tomorrow is the fourteenth anniversary of the worst day in the history of the FDNY.  Mercifully, it is not every day that New York's Bravest loses 343 of its own.  To date, September 11, 2001 is the only day to hold such a terrible place in the Department's history. 

September 11, 2001 would be the worst day in the history of the FDNY even if it had no echo. Unfortunately it does.  Fourteen years later, it is one that still reverberates ominously through the FDNY. 

At FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn, there is a World Trade Center Memorial Wall.  On it, the Department recognizes every member of the FDNY who has died since September 11, 2001 from a "09/11 related" illness.  In the aftermath of that terrible day, first responders - including firefighters and police officers - continued to work at Ground Zero around the clock, initially in a desperate search for survivors and, thereafter, in a desperate search for any trace of those who were still missing.  They worked under conditions that were dire and breathed in toxins and poisons of every variety and kind.  

September 11, 2001 has been killing members of the FDNY for the past fourteen years.  Earlier this week, at a ceremony held at the Department's Headquarters, the names of twenty-one firefighters were added to the World Trade Center Memorial Wall.  The Wall now contains one hundred and ten names.  

Even with one hundred and ten names on it, the Wall is only half full.  When it was constructed, it was constructed to accommodate more than two hundred names.   If its size and its current capacity sadden you, then consider an even sadder possibility:  As constructed, it may not be big enough

FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall
2014 Photo Showing 89 Names. 21 Names
Were Added on September 8, 2015 


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