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FDNY Adds 25 Names to Memorial Wall for Deaths Related to WTC Illnesses

September 15, 2021

NEW YORK – The FDNY added the names of 25 members who died of illnesses related to their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall at an outdoor ceremony on September 14, at FDNY Headquarters – 9 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. The ceremony could be viewed live on the Department’s website, www.nyc.gov/FDNY and is available on YouTube.

To date more than 257 FDNY members have died of World Trade Center related illnesses.

“On September 11, we lost 343 brave members, but our losses did not end that day. We made a solemn promise to never forget those men and women, and we make that same promise to the growing list of heroes who have given their lives to illnesses related to their work in rescue and recovery at the World Trade Center site,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “This year, we are grateful to gather in person to remember these 25 extraordinary individuals – and we honor our promise to never forget by ensuring their memory lives on with their inclusion on our World Trade Center memorial wall.”

Greek-American John P. Poulos, a lieutenant for Engine 266, is among those to be added. Poulos passed away on November 1 2020 at the age of 64. One of four children born to the late Hilda (nee Anderson) and Peter Poulos, he served his community in the FDNY for 29 years and was a heroic and selfless 9/11 First Responder. Poulos was survived by his beloved wife of 33 years Judith Poulos and their two children, Albert Daniel Poulos and Peter John Poulos and wife Rebeca, siblings Barbara Poulos, Diane Poulos, and Raphael Poulos, among other family members.

Those to be added to the FDNY memorial wall are:

Lieutenant Donald Franz, Engine 329

Firefighter Anthony R. Iraci, Engine 155

Firefighter  Anthony J. Catapano, Engine 202

Firefighter  Paul A. McManaman, Squad 252

Assoc. Electrical In. Michael Kavolius, Bureau of Fire Prevention

Firefighter John P. Fogarty, Ladder 3

Firefighter Timothy J. Burke, Rescue 5

EMT Rene Sanchez, Bureau of Investigation and Trials

Lieutenant John P. Poulos, Engine 266

Firefighter William Hodgens, Engine 160

Fire Marshal Robert J. Kelly, ADMBFI

Firefighter Thomas G. Manley, Ladder 113

Firefighter Ronald P. Stortz, Ladder 107

Firefighter Gerard C. McGibbon, Engine 217

EMS Lt. Paige A. Humphries, Station 16

Firefighter Dennis A. Farrell, Ladder 59

Firefighter George H. Wilton, Jr., Ladder 84

Firefighter Joseph M. Boyle, Engine 38

Captain Frank A. Portelle, Division 6

Firefighter  Joseph K. Daly, Engine 218

Firefighter James D. Shaughnessy, Battalion 11

Lieutenant James J. Winters, Engine 278

Captain John J. Galvin, Division 8

Firefighter Sean D. Kenny, Engine 155

Firefighter Thomas G. Oelkers, Ladder 44 

The inscription on the Memorial Wall, which was unveiled in September of 2011, 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.”


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