The New York City Fire Department celebrated Tuesday the graduation newest class, which includes a group following the tracks laid by their parents 18 years ago.
Of the 301 men and women who graduated Tuesday, Sept. 24, from the Fire Academy, 13 are children of firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
During the emotional ceremony in Brooklyn, FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro said: “They are honoring their fallen loved ones. They are continuing their family’s legacy of service and they are making all of us immensely proud.”
There had never been a probationary class filled with as many children of firefighters killed on 9/11, Nigro said. This class includes siblings—the son Marc and daughter Rebecca of one fallen firefighter, Carl Asaro of Midtown’s Batallion 9, and two sons of another hero.
It also included the son of an NYPD officer killed in the terror attacks and the sons of two firefighters who died due to illness linked to rescue work at ground zero.
“These legacies are no longer children dreaming of the careers their fathers loved and of serving in the world’s greatest fire department. Today, they fully achieved their dreams,” Nigro said
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