Something special happens today at The Fire Academy, on this year’s 9/11 anniversary: the class of 2019 will include 13 graduates who lost a firefighter father on that day, and one son of a police officer, and two FDNY children whose dads lost their lives later of 9/11-related illness.

The city was in deep mourning back in 2001, every citizen was proud of its fallen heroes: 343 firefighters who perished while fighting flames and save stranded office workers out of Twin Towers skyscrapers.
Firefighters were amazing, that day like any other day. Carrying pounds of heavy equipment, they sprinted straight toward danger and ran up the stairs of the 100-story buildings, without fear, to save the people in need.

18 years have passed, dozens of sons and one daughter of the heroes lost that day have joined New York’s Bravest. But this year’s 16 “legacy” members are the most yet.

As Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro put it, “Bravery runs in these extraordinary families who have sacrificed so much for our city.”

Reason to cheer, among the tears.