Judge: Retiree to get FDNY status on 9/11 memorial

Though he was retired from the department, relatives said he acted as a firefighter that day and deserved the same recognition on the memorial


The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A court says a retired New York City firefighter killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 should be listed as a fire department member on the 9/11 memorial.

A Queens judge sided Monday with retired Capt. James Corrigan's relatives. They said he acted as a firefighter that day and deserved the same recognition on the memorial.

Memorial officials had planned to list Corrigan as a member of the trade center's own fire-safety staff. He joined it after retiring from the fire department in 1994.

The fire department has cited a long tradition of reserving certain honors for active-duty members killed while working.

Fire department and memorial officials say they are reviewing the decision.

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