More than 10 children of firefighters killed in 9/11 continue fathers' legacy and graduate from New York Fire Department academy this week
More than 20 children of firefighters, 9/11 first responders who died at the site or from the related illness graduated from the New York Fire Academy on Tuesday. And this is the largest legacy group of graduates in the history of the department.
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, who presided over the graduation ceremony for 301 probationary firefighters, said many of the graduates’ “fathers were killed on Sept. 11, several others died of World Trade Center illnesses, and others lost their lives in the course of their duty, bravely working to save and protect others.”
“Today these 21 legacies are no longer children dreaming of their careers their fathers love, and of serving in the world’s greatest fire department – today, they have fully achieved their dreams," he said.
Probationary firefighter Marc Asaro, whose father was one of 343 FDNY members killed on 9/11, said it was “an amazing experience, to be able to do the same thing that my father had done, and had given his life for.”
Congratulations to the 19 Children of NYC Firefighters Killed on 9/11 Who Graduated Yesterday to Become NYC Firefighters. ???????? ???? ❤️ pic.twitter.com/u0Wcd7ZrjA— Sarge (Kenny Day) (@TheSargeDay) September 25, 2019
These are the children of firefighters who died on 9/11 who became firefighters today as graduates of the FDNY academy pic.twitter.com/4vhsoCy7dc— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) September 24, 2019
Another probationary firefighter, Robert Tilearcio, told that he took “the FDNY test the same month that my father passed away of 9/11-related cancer.”
“Making my dad proud. It’s definitely something that he always wanted me to do,” Tilearcio said.