“They are continuing their family’s legacy of service.”
These are the words spoken by Fire Department of New York Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who recently helped usher in the 301 graduates of the FDNY Training Academy.
Thirteen of them — 12 men and one woman — are the children of firefighters who died in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
According to the New York Post, “The historic group of at least 16 ‘legacy’ probationary firefighters also includes the son of an NYPD officer killed on 9/11, and the sons of two firefighters who died due to illness linked to their rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero.”
“This FDNY class has the most ‘legacy’ members since 9/11, though dozens of other sons — and one daughter — have previously joined the force, said spokesman Jim Long.”
Two of these legacy members include the son and daughter of Carl Asaro of Midtown’s Engine 54/Ladder 4. Carl left behind his six children when he died on 9/11.
Robert Tilearcio Sr. survived September 11 but was diagnosed with 9/11-related brain cancer years later. His son, Robert Jr., took the FDNY test the same month his father died.
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