FDNY adds 27 names to 9/11 memorial wall for World Trade Center-related deaths

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The FDNY added the names of 27 department members who died of 9/11-related illnesses to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The FDNY added the names of 27 department 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 in a closed ceremony at FDNY Headquarters Wednesday.

Those 27 former New York City firefighters died of 9/11-related illnesses in the past year, bringing the total number of firefighters killed after the World Trade Center attacks to 227.

That's in addition to the 343 FDNY members killed on September 11, 2001

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"Our department made a solemn promise to never forget the bravery and sacrifice of the 343 members who gave their lives on September 11th, and the growing list of heroes who have died due to illnesses related to their courageous work throughout the rescue and recovery effort," Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Those to be added to the memorial wall are:

Firefighter Owen T. Carlock, Ladder 122

Firefighter Robert M. Gless, Engine 329

Firefighter John B. O'Brien, Engine 329

Firefighter James J. Hurson, Engine 318

Captain Robert E. Collis, Engine 304

Firefighter Joseph Walsh, Ladder 32

Auto Mechanic James J. Sottile, Shops

Firefighter Joseph R. Losinno, Engine 302

Firefighter Robert B. Fitzgibbon, Engine 47

Firefighter Walter E. McKee, Battalion 39

Firefighter John W. Boyle, Rescue 1

Firefighter Roger Espinal, Engine 320

Firefighter Richard J. Tanagretta, Rescue 5

Firefighter Andrew S. Gargiulo, Engine 160

Lieutenant Richard G. Estreicher, Engine 248

Firefighter Clifford R. DiMuro, Ladder 137

Captain Dennis M. Gilhooly, Engine 67

Firefighter Brian W. Casse, Engine 294

Firefighter Michael L. Feldman, Ladder 161

Firefighter Richard B. Jones, Ladder 25

Lieutenant Paul W. Deo, Jr., Engine 317

Firefighter Joseph A. Hatzelman, Engine 218

Firefighter Daniel R. Foley, Rescue 3

Battalion Chief Dennis J. Moynihan, Battalion 18

Firefighter John H. Marr, Engine 34

Lieutenant Kevin C. Dunn, Engine 251

Firefighter Paul J. Greco, Squad 270

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."

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The FDNY has also renamed its highest medal for heroics, which had been named for James Gordon Bennett, who "held deeply racist beliefs," Nigro said.

The award will now honor Peter J. Ganci, Jr., who became the highest-ranking FDNY member to die in the line of duty when he was killed answering the call on 9/11.

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