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National Firefighting Hall of Heroes
11, 2001: A Commemoration Ceremony to recognize FDNY firemen killed in action on
September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center
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Executive Director Peter Molloy and Firefighter Louis
Giaconelli, FDNY Engine 53, with the FDNY Memorial
On December 11, 2001 the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes
hosted a ceremony to recognize the sacrifices made by 343 firemen of the Fire
Department of New York City who died in the line of duty at the World Trade
Center on September 11, 2001.
Over 1,000 people attended the ceremony, at which a permanent
memorial to the fallen firefighters was dedicated. Hall of Flame President
George F. Getz presided over the ceremony.
Speakers included Arizona
Governor Jane Dee Hull, Phoenix FD Assistant Chief Robert Kahn, Mesa, Arizona
Chief Dennis Compton, retired FDNY Battalion Chief George Pickett, IAFF Local
493 President Billy Shields, and New York Firefighter Louis Giaconelli of Engine
53. Phoenix FD Chaplain Father Carl Carlozzi gave the opening prayer.
Chandler FD Chaplain Karl Le Claire provided the benediction.
The combined Mesa - Phoenix Honor Guard and the Mesa Pipe and
Drum Corps presented the colors and executed the 5-5-5 ceremony recognizing the
loss of the firefighters at the disaster.
The memorial was unveiled by Chief Pickett and Firefighter
Giaconelli as representatives of the New York City Fire Department. In the
audience were over 60 retired FDNY firefighters and a group of active FDNY
firefighters who were riding bicycles across the country to thank the nation for
its support of the City of New York following the disaster.
memorial contains the name, rank, company assignment, and photograph of all 343
fallen firefighters. The photographs were gathered by the New York Times
and graciously made available to the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes for
artist, Ms. Sandy Boyer, donated a beautiful painting of the famous
9-11 photo of firemen raising the American flag at the site of the tragedy.
Pictures of the ceremony are included below.
The Phoenix and Mesa FD combined Color Guard, followed by the
Mesa FD Pipe & Drum Corps.
|In the front row of the audience was a team of FDNY
firefighters who were biking across the nation to thank cities for its support
||In the bell ceremony a firefighter strikes the bell five
times, pauses, strikes five more times, pauses, and then strikes a final five
times. In many departments with the old fire alarm telegraph systems,
5-5-5 was the signal for fire companies to return to quarters. The
ceremony symbolizes the return to heaven of firefighters killed in the line of
Hall of Flame Vice President Bert Getz salutes the flag
together with members of the Color Guard.
The Mesa Pipe & Drum Corps performed throughout the
ceremony. Lead piper Eric Landau, center, is a Hall of Flame volunteer.
|Firefighter Louis Giaconelli and Chief George Pickett
||Following the ceremony several members of the audience took
pictures of individual firefighters on the memorial, including this FDNY member
who took a photograph of Chief Ray Downey.
|The memorial will be on permanent exhibit in the
Firefighting hall of Heroes Gallery.
A detail of the memorial.
Artist Sandy Boyer donated this painting of the Ground Zero