Hell's Kitchen Firefighter Added to 9/11 Memorial

The Patch - September 10, 2020

by Nick Garber, Patch Staff

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Firefighter John H. Marr, formerly based at Engine 34 in Hell's Kitchen, died in April from an illness related to the September 11 attacks.

HELL'S KITCHEN, NY — A firefighter formerly based in a Hell's Kitchen fire station had his name added to the Fire Department's World Trade Center Memorial Wall Wednesday, five months after he died from an illness stemming from the September 11 attacks.

Firefighter John H. Marr was based at Engine 34/Ladder 21 on West 38th Street during his 20-year career, which lasted from 1983 until his retirement in 2003, according to the NYC Fire Wire.

He died on April 7 from an unspecified illness stemming from the 9/11 attacks, the FDNY said.

In a ceremony Wednesday, the FDNY added the names of 27 department employees to its memorial wall for those who died from illnesses relating to their work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following the 2001 attacks.

The ceremony took place at the FDNY headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, and was the first time the memorial wall was expanded since it was first installed in 2011.

At least 226 FDNY employees have died from illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks, the FDNY said. Adverse health effects from the toxic dust released when the World Trade Center towers collapsed have included several types of cancer, asthma, respiratory disease and pulmonary disease, as well as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Our Department made a solemn promise to never forget the bravery and sacrifice of the 343 members who gave their lives on September 11th, and the growing list of heroes who have died due to illnesses related to their courageous work throughout the rescue and recovery effort," Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said in a statement.

"Though we are unable to join in person this year to remember these 27 extraordinary individuals, we still pause to honor that promise by ensuring their memory lives on with their inclusion on our World Trade Center memorial wall."