Clad in attractive blue dresses, a dozen men and one woman who are all children of the brave FDNY firefighters who gave their lives on 9/11 completed their graduation from the fire academy on Tuesday.
9/11, one of, if not the most tragic event on American soil still continues to have its repercussions in society today. Of the 2,977 victims killed in the September 11 attacks, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center. This included 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
However, not all news is terrible news. The 13 children of FDNY firefighters who were killed on 9/11 successfully completed their graduation from the Fire Academy on Tuesday. Following in the footsteps of their dearly departed parents, they appeared in their stylish blue dresses in a post photo exclusive here in New York. The 13 individuals include twelve men and one woman, who will stand alongside 300 other graduates at the FNDY's Class of 2019 ceremony which is sure to rock Brooklyn with a flurry of melancholia.
Among the thirteen are siblings — two sons of one fallen firefighter, and the son and daughter of another brave hero who gave his life for the American people on that fateful day. The class also has the most "legacy" members since 9/11 itself, including the son of a former NYPD officer who was also killed in the terror attacks.
When firefighters go into a burning building, they go in to save lives without thinking of their own safety. That is being a HERO/HEROINE. They have my RESPECT always and support and admiration. Integrity never in doubt— Ian StillStanding (@Oldsoldier8585) September 25, 2019
“Bravery runs in these extraordinary families who have sacrificed so much for our city. I’m proud of the commitment these probies have already demonstrated to the department and look forward to celebrating with them at their graduation,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told The Post.
“I think it’s a great tribute to their dads,” said Gerard Fitzgerald, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. “It’s quite inspirational to hear that they’re following in their fathers’ footsteps.”
What an outstanding group of people. May God grant them peace and serenity to always do their job correctly and may we as a society never fail again and put so many in harms way because agencies could not share information.— Rtnewsjunkie (@rtnewsjunkie) September 25, 2019
It's truly an honor for Americans and New Yorkers in particular to witness this event. This just goes on to show that the positive spirit of humanity far outweighs terror. It has now been 18 years since 9/11 and the legacy of the brave firefighters who gave their lives in service will be carried on by their next generation of kin.
NEXT GENERATION OF HEROES: 13 children of 9/11 first responders graduate from the FDNY academy. pic.twitter.com/jQZyPiBXt5— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) September 25, 2019
The New York City fire department is one of the cherished treasures of the Big Apple, with its HQ located at 9 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn and their Fire Academy situated on Randalls Island. The FDNY employs approximately 11,033 uniformed firefighters and 4,301 uniformed EMTs, paramedics, and fire inspectors. Its regulations are compiled in title 3 of the New York City Rules. The FDNY's motto is New York's Bravest for fire and New York's Best for EMS. The department serves more than 12 million residents within a 302 square mile area.