History: On September 8, 2011, nearly 10 years after the WTC attacks, the NY Fire Department unveiled a monument in Downtown Brooklyn to fallen firefighters who have died as a result of chronic illnesses caused by their exposure to "the pile," or smouldering rubble from the attack. It is the first such memorial dedicated to those who died long after the attacks.
"This plaque reminds us that 9/11 was not a single event or a day on the calendar, but something this Department faces on a daily basis," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. "The sacrifices made by members of the FDNY on that day will continue for years to come."
Poignantly, the Commissioner noted that two more names were added in the week leading up to the ceremony.
Inscription: OThe inscription on the Memorial Wall 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."
FDNY Headquarters is located at 9 Metrotech Center.