343 firefighters sadly lost their lives on 9/11 and 13 children of the FDNY firefighters. who were killed in the tragedy, have now graduated from the Fire Academy,
They themselves have now become firefighters following in the footsteps of their family.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said “Bravery runs in these extraordinary families who have sacrificed so much for our city.”
The legacy of those brave firefighters continues as 13 out of 301 graduates.
Heroes of the truest sense, it is an honor for these children to step in their parents’ shoes, some of those who lost their lives trying to escape by running up the stairs of the 100-story buildings as the smoke gathered and walls collapsed around them.
while many more firefighters died following illnesses they suffered in the World Trade Centre.
Greg Kumpel’s father Kenneth was killed in 9/11 with Greg having big dreams of becoming a baseball player.
His brother wanted to be a firefighter he followed his dad into the service and so did Greg changing the dream job to follow in his fathers footsteps.
He added “We needed something to get through that tough part, those few months were such a blur.
Emotionally numb,” said Greg. “So, to have those stories to lighten the mood helped us through those tough times.” The team features a number of siblings – one pair includes Probationary Firefighter Leonard Ragaglia Jr., who graduated from the Fire Academy alongside his brother, Probationary Firefighter Anthony Ragaglia.
According to CBS, this class also includes the son and daughter of another hero. For Rebecca and Marc Asaro, it’s a family legacy like many others. Their father Carl was 39 when he died and Marc was just 7 while Rebecca was 9. “I kept asking my mom when my father was coming home. She didn’t have an answer,” Rebecca said. “My father gave his life for this job, you know. And so many other people did. And it’s just, it’s a very rewarding job,”
Marc said. “I feel like my dad’s with me every step of the way and it brings me a little closer to him,” Rebecca said.
“Many of their fathers were killed on September 11th, 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,” said Commissioner Nigro at the graduating ceremony. “Today, these 21 legacies are no longer children dreaming of their careers their fathers loved, and of serving in the world’s greatest fire department – today, they have fully achieved their dreams.”
— FDNY (@FDNY) September 24, 2019
According to NY1, the 2019 graduating class of Probationary Firefighters also features a growing diversity of the Department with 37 percent of the team identifying as people of color – including 12 percent as black, 20 percent as Hispanic, and 5 percent as Asian. Sixteen women were also part of the graduating firefighters.