We will always remember 18 years ago – the attacks of 9/11 which took the lives of so many, including 343 members of the FDNY.
9/11 is historically the single greatest loss in the fire service. It was also the greatest rescue ever performed, with over 20,000 people being saved. Although often referenced as the 343, the memory of these men is much deeper than a number. These men wrote the book on firefighting, The depth of knowledge and experience that these members possessed was unparalleled, and no doubt a reason for so many saved lives. The loss of this knowledge to the fire service is often undervalued, but preserved through the writings and teachings they shared to others during their careers.
We will continue to honor them for generations to come by passing on their knowledge. We remember these legends to the fire service lost that day by more then just a number but the names – Hatton, Brown, Downey, Feehan, Ganci, Angelini, Siller, Judge – to name a few.
Photo: Assistant Chief Gerard Barbara, Incident Commander of 2 World Trade Center – perished 9/11/01.