NYC Mayor Refuses to Add Ret. Fire Captain to 9/11 Memorial
Fire Capt. James Corrigan was retired when he died in the 9/11 terror attacks. [Source: Unknown]
New York Daily News via YellowBrix
July 28, 2010
NEW YORK – Honor denied – again.
Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday the city won’t back down from its refusal to put a retired fire captain’s name on a tribute to firefighters who died on 9/11.
Bloomberg vowed a challenge to a Queens judge’s ruling that ordered Capt. James Corrigan’s name to be listed on a memorial to be unveiled next year on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“We’ll fight this in court,” the mayor said. “The Fire Department has a reasonable decision they made a long time ago. You had to have been an on-duty fireman, an active firefighter or officer to be included.”
Corrigan, 60, retired from the FDNY in 1994 and was working as a life safety coordinator for the Trade Center when the planes hit. He died in the south tower, aiding fellow firefighters in the evacuation.
His widow, Marie, sued when the FDNY ruled against listing his name.
“It’s where he belongs after 30 years of protecting the residents of this city,” she told The News.
But Bloomberg defended the FDNY’s refusal
“You’re never going to make everybody happy,” he said “I just dread the thought if we’ve got to reopen every single issue down with the 9/11 memorial. It’ll never get done.”
The widow’s lawyer, James DeRose, says the resistance is baffling considering the city awarded her death benefits reserved for FDNY personnel killed on Sept. 11. And her sons Brendan and Sean received “legacy” credits given to the children of firefighters killed on-duty when they took the FDNY entrance exam after they quit their private sector jobs to follow in their dad’s footsteps.
“It is regrettable that the city refuses to properly honor the memory of Capt. Corrigan and continues to force his widow to fight for the recognition that the Legislature and the court determined he is due,” DeRose said.