By Tom Winter
The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 continue to kill people.
Though 343 firefighters died that Tuesday, the FDNY now says an additional 159 firefighters have died due to illnesses associated with fighting the fires and attempting rescues at ground zero. That marks 501 FDNY firefighter deaths as a result of the attack, the highest 9/11 death toll of any first responder agency.
In a memorial dedicated specifically for firefighter deaths related to illnesses from responding to the World Trade Center on 9/11, the FDNY added 32 names on Thursday.
In a somber and emotional ceremony, a family member of each of the 32 firefighters was escorted into FDNY headquarters, where they placed a white rose before a large bronze memorial wall with their family member’s rank, assignment, name, and date of death listed.