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FDNY honors those lost in 9/11’s wake

Five assigned to Queens remembered

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Thu Sep 19, 2019.

Four firefighters and an EMT based in Queens were among 22 honored by the FDNY last Friday, their names added to the memorial of those who have died of illnesses caused by “working the pile” at the remnants of the World Trade Center in the weeks and months after the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Those honored included Firefighters Brent Crobek and Daniel Bove of Engine Co. 251 in Glen Oaks; Firefighter Michael McDonald of Ladder Co. 128 in Long Island City; Firefighter John Elges of Ladder Co. 134 in Far Rockaway and EMT Felipe Torre of the Bureau of Training at Fort Totten.

Their names now are inscribed on the memorial wall at FDNY Headquarters at 9 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. More than 200 FDNY personnel have since joined the 343 members of the service killed in 2001 when the Twin Towers fell during simultaneous terror attacks on New York City and the Pentagon using aircraft. A fourth plane was believed to be headed for Washington, D.C. when hijackers crashed it into a field in Pennsylvania as passengers counterattacked in an effort to take back control of the jet.

“This solemn wall is a poignant and permanent reminder of the sacrifice of all that responded on September 11th and toiled for weeks and months at the World Trade Center searching for the innocent lives taken that day,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement last week. “Because of their dedication and bravery, each year the already staggering loss suffered by the FDNY continues to grow as illnesses claimed the lives of those who so bravely served our city.”

Others honored included Firefighter Anthony Alese, Engine Co. 9; Dr. Michael Guttenberg, Bureau of Health Services; Capt. Victor Valva, Engine Co. 167; Firefighter Charles Williams, Ladder Co. 111; Battalion Chief Robert Miuccio, Battalion 22; Firefighter Jimmy Martinez, Engine Co. 157; Firefighter Dennis Heaney, Ladder Co. 157; Paramedic Martha Stewart, EMS Station 8; EMT Joseph Rodriguez, EMS Station 58; Capt. John Moschella, Engine Co. 26; Firefighter Richard Meehan, Battalion 06; Lt. Timothy O’Neill, Ladder Co. 5; Firefighter Kevin Lennon, Ladder Co. 175; Lt. John T. Moran, Ladder Co. 41; Firefighter Lloyd Stuart, Engine Co. 3; Firefighter Kevin Nolan, Engine Co. 79; and Firefighter Richard Driscoll, Engine Co. 91.

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