Nineteen children of first responders who died as a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001 have graduated from the New York City Fire Department academy.
Of the 301 graduates commissioned by the FDNY, 13 graduates were the children of firefighters who died on 9/11 and six were the children of first responders who died because of illnesses related to the terrorist attacks.
New York City Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro paid tribute to the students:
"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. 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."
This graduating class has commissioned more children of 9/11 casualties than any FDNY academy class yet.