Never Forgotten: 4 Firefighters with Staten Island Ties Added to 9/11 Memorial Memorial Wall - September 10, 2020

by Irene Spezzamonte

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The names of four firefighters with Staten Island ties who went above and beyond to save the residents of the city they served during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and who died of illnesses related to their 9/11 rescue and recovery work were added to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall during a ceremony Wednesday.

“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,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.

The ceremony took place at the FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn and a total of 27 FDNY members were added to the tribute wall.

To this date, more than 226 FDNY members have died of 9/11-related illnesses. This year, 26 more died than last year.

“This year, due to the growing number of those who have died, and to ensure room to properly honor and remember their memories moving forward, the wall was expanded for the first time since its construction in 2011,” according to the FDNY.

These are the names of those who either were from Staten Island or were based in the borough.

Owen Thomas Carlock, 58, of Middletown, N.J., a former Staten Island resident, died on May 23, 2012 while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., according to his obituary.

After graduating from the city’s Fire Academy, Mr. Carlock worked as a firefighter for 23 years with the New York City Fire Department, assigned to Ladder 122 in Brooklyn.

Mr. Carlock was a first responder during the rescue effort at the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

According to family, his dedication and bravery earned him the honorary “Keys to the City,” from the Town of Dunn, N.C. During his time with the Fire Department, Mr. Carlock also spent about three years with Rescue 5 in Concord and was a certified rescue diver.

Richard G. Estreicher

Richard Estreicher, a longtime resident of Staten Island, died on Nov. 11, 2019, according to his obituary.

He was 59 years old.

Estreicher was a lieutenant in the FDNY. He served for 23 years after serving the Marine Corps for three years and was a lifetime member of the Marine Corp League on Staten Island, his obituary states.

“Rich dedicated his life to helping others and making everyone around him laugh,” according to the obituary.

Richard J. Tanagretta

Richard J. Tanagretta, of Pine Bush, was a firefighter at Rescue 5, in Concord. He served the department for 26 years, according to his obituary.

Andrew S. Gargiulo

Andrew S. Gargiulo, died on Nov. 6, 2019. He was a firefighter based at Engine 160 in Concord.

This the full list of the 27 names added to the wall:

Firefighter Owen T. Carlock, Ladder 122
Firefighter Robert M. Gless, Engine 329
Firefighter John B. O’Brien, Engine 329
Firefighter James J. Hurson, Engine 318
Captain Robert E. Collis, Engine 304
Firefighter Joseph Walsh, Ladder 32
Auto Mechanic James J. Sottile, Shops
Firefighter Joseph R. Losinno, Engine 302
Firefighter Robert B. Fitzgibbon, Engine 47
Firefighter Walter E. McKee, Battalion 39
Firefighter John W. Boyle, Rescue 1
Firefighter Roger Espinal, Engine 320
Firefighter Richard J. Tanagretta, Rescue 5
Firefighter Andrew S. Gargiulo, Engine 160
Lieutenant Richard G. Estreicher, Engine 248
Firefighter Clifford R. DiMuro, Ladder 137
Captain Dennis M. Gilhooly, Engine 67
Firefighter Brian W. Casse, Engine 294
Firefighter Michael L. Feldman, Ladder 161
Firefighter Richard B. Jones, Ladder 25
Lieutenant Paul W. Deo, Jr., Engine 317
Firefighter Joseph A. Hatzelman, Engine 218
Firefighter Daniel R. Foley, Rescue 3
Battalion Chief Dennis J. Moynihan, Battalion 18
Firefighter John H. Marr, Engine 34
Lieutenant Kevin C. Dunn, Engine 251
Firefighter Paul J. Greco, Squad 270