The newest class of FDNY firefighters lined up at the Fireman’s Memorial in Riverside Park on Wednesday morning, 18 years after 343 firefighters perished in the attack on the World Trade Center. An Upper West Side firehouse, home of Engine 40 Ladder 35 at 66th and Amsterdam, was hit especially hard.
One of the firefighters from Engine 40 Ladder 35 was rookie firefighter Michael D’Auria. Upper West Sider Rosalinde Block’s kitchen caught fire in August 2001, and her son was saved from the apartment by D’Auria. Just two weeks later D’Auria was killed at the World Trade Center. “He was one of the first that went in,” Block told WCBS Radio. Block talked more about the day in the clip below.
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