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.