The FDNY Foundation joined the FDNY in honoring 18 members who died of illnesses related to their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall on Thursday, September 6th, at FDNY Headquarters.
“This is a day to remember and honor these incredible people who took part in an unprecedented rescue and recovery effort for our Department,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Each of the 18 members served bravely, they showed the utmost courage in the face of an evil attack on our city, and true compassion in the face unimaginable devastation. As we pay tribute to these 18 members, their memory lives on.”
Those to be added to the memorial wall are:
Marine Engineer John L. Buhler, Marine 6
Firefighter Michael L. Duffy, Ladder Company 174
Deputy Chief Joeddy Friszell, Division 3
Firefighter George F. Froehlich, Ladder Company 87
Firefighter Robert J. Lembo, Ladder Company 144
Lieutenant Edward J. McDonagh, Engine Company 37
Battalion Chief Joseph D. McKeon, Battalion 46
Lieutenant Edward T. Meehan, Ladder Company 22
Lieutenant Walter J. Nelson, Jr. Station 31
Firefighter Michael R. O’Hanlon, Engine Company 68
Marine Pilot Thomas J. Phelan, Marine 9
Firefighter Raymond R. Phillips, Jr., Rescue Company 3
Assistant Chief Ronald R. Spadafora, Bureau of Fire Prevention
Lieutenant Joseph R. Stach, Jr., Ladder Company 6
Firefighter Ronald P. Svec, Ladder Company 82
Firefighter Robert M. Tilearcio, Engine Company 266
Firefighter Paul R. Tokarski, Ladder Company 164
Firefighter Keith R. Young, Ladder Company 158
The inscription on the Memorial Wall, which was unveiled in September of 2011, reads: “DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO BRAVELY SERVED THIS DEPARTMENT PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK IN THE RESCUE AND RECOVERY EFFORT AT MANHATTAN BOX 5-5-8087 WORLD TRADE CENTER”
Read more about the memorial event, click here.
For photos of the memorial ceremony, click here.