Ahead of the 18th anniversary of 9/11, the head of the city’s firefighters’ union asked Americans to “Take a moment. Think about it. Say a prayer.
“Just remember what happened that day. Remember how we felt and remember how far we’ve come since,” Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald said Monday.
He and other union officials held a press conference to help make sure the city lives up to its promise to “Never Forget.”
“We still have sick and dying as results of that day,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s still children that are going to wake up without a dad shortly or have woken up without a father or perhaps a mom from all walks of life.
The FDNY last week added 22 names to its memorial for first responders who died of 9/11-related illnesses. To date, more than 200 firefighters have died of such illnesses.