FDNY, Squad 288,
Volunteer, Bellmore FD

 


Retired Captain
James J. Corrigan

Retired Firefighter
Philip T. Hayes

Retired Firefighter
William X. Wren
9/11 Forgotten Heroes

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Adam’s Angels have been very vocal in advocating for three “forgotten 9/11
heroes.” While America and the State of New York have recognized these men
as FDNY, the City of New York proceeded to present their families with EMPTY
Tiffany boxes on Medal Day 2002 at Madison Square Garden.

All the families are asking is that Captain James J. Corrigan (FDNY 23
years), Firefighter Philip T. Hayes (FDNY 20 years) and Firefighter William
X. Wren (FDNY 25 years) be recognized by the City of New York as FDNY
members and listed on the FDNY Wall of Honor (see below)

Our Founder, Jill A. Pall, marched in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New
York City in honor one of these brave men, retired FDNY Captain James J.
Corrigan. When you see the number 343, please remember there were 346 FDNY
heroes lost that day- not 343.


New Bill passed Senate (S4373), but not Assembly, yet (A9036).
BILL TEXT:
STATE OF NEW YORK
________________________________________________________________________

4373--A

2003-2004 Regular Sessions

IN SENATE

April 14, 2003
___________

Introduced by Sens. LEIBELL, MALTESE, PADAVAN -- read twice and ordered
printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities
-- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to make certain parents, widows and children of certain fire-
fighters dying at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 eligi-
ble for special accidental death benefits pursuant to section 208-f of
the general municipal law

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:

1 Section 1. Legislative declarations. The legislature hereby finds and
2 declares that James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes,
3 were retired New York City firefighters at the time of the September 11,
4 2001 attack on the World Trade Center Complex in the state and city of
5 New York. That such retired firefighters, James J. Corrigan, William
6 Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes, were at the scene of such September 11, 2001
7 attack, and with great heroism, courage and dedication to their communi-
8 ty and fellow man, and without concern for themselves or their own
9 personal safety or well being, such retired firefighters James J.
10 Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes bravely assisted the rescue
11 and firefighting efforts at the World Trade Center, and in so doing,
12 gave their lives in the furtherance of such noble and benevolent
13 efforts.
14 The legislature further hereby finds and declares, that the courageous
15 public service of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes,
16 evidenced by their commitment to, and concern for, their state, their
17 city and their fellow citizens, over and above any risk or personal
18 peril they faced, as well as making the ultimate sacrifice as a result
19 of such service, demonstrates that these men and their surviving fami-
20 lies are deserving of the highest recognition, appreciation, honor and

EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
LBD05533-05-3

S. 4373--A 2

1 gratitude that their state, their city, the fire department of the city
2 of New York and their community can provide.
3 § 2. Accidental death benefits for retired firefighters who lost their
4 life at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Notwithstanding
5 any provision of any general, special, or local law to the contrary, the
6 provisions of section 208-f of the general municipal law shall be deemed
7 to apply to the widows and children of James J. Corrigan, William Wren,
8 and Phillip T. Hayes, with the widows and children of such men eligible
9 to receive the special accidental death benefit provided by section
10 208-f of the general municipal law, upon the same terms and conditions
11 as other persons eligible to receive such benefits pursuant to such
12 section.
13 § 3. Reinstatement to active service of retired firefighters who lost
14 their life at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Notwith-
15 standing any provision of any general, special, or local law to the
16 contrary, James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes shall
17 each be deemed to have been fully reinstated to full active employment
18 with the fire department of the city of New York for September 11, 2001,
19 at their highest achieved rank and status without any diminution or
20 return of their previously received retirement benefits.
21 § 4. Recognition of retired firefighters who lost their life at the
22 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Notwithstanding any provision
23 of any general, special, or local law to the contrary, the fire depart-
24 ment of the city of New York, the city of New York and the state of New
25 York shall bestow, award and provide James J. Corrigan, William Wren,
26 and Phillip T. Hayes, and their families, with all the benefits, honors,
27 merits, ceremonies, recognitions, awards and status provided to any
28 other firefighter who perished at the World Trade Center on September
29 11, 2001, including but not limited to:
30 a. officially revising the death total of the members of the fire
31 department of the city of New York who had bravely given their lives at
32 the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 from 343 to 346;
33 b. posthumously awarding, James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip
34 T. Hayes, the Medal of Valor and the Special World Trade Center Medal of
35 Valor and presenting the same to the families of such men at a ceremony
36 held in their honor;
37 c. adding the names of James J. Corrigan, William Wren, and Phillip T.
38 Hayes to all monuments, memorials and tributes honoring the brave fire-
39 fighters from the city of New York who gave their lives in World Trade
40 Center on September 11, 2001, including but not exclusive of adding
41 their names to the Wall of Honor at the Fire Department of the city of
42 New York's Headquarters;
43 d. posthumously retiring the badges of James J. Corrigan, William
44 Wren, and Phillip T. Hayes; and
45 e. establishing a picture memorial to James J. Corrigan, William Wren,
46 and Phillip T. Hayes in the firehouse in which each such firefighter
47 last served, commemorating such firefighter's service and acknowledging
48 their sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
49 § 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to
50 have been in full force and effect on and after September 10, 2001;
51 provided that the recognition activities required by section four of
52 this act shall be completed on or before the ninetieth day from the date
53 upon which this act shall have become a law.
FISCAL NOTE.--If this bill were to be enacted in the 2003 Legislative
Session, the cost to the State in fiscal year 2003-04 would be approxi-
mately $100,000 per annum.


To whom it may concern,

As I am sure you are already aware, in addition to the 343 active firemen
lost, 3 retired firefighters gave their lives in the rescue on 9/11/01. One
of those men was my father, Captain James J. Corrigan. The Bloomberg
administration has refused to recognize these men as firemen on the FDNY
Wall of Honor and in the official count of lost firefighters.

Those who have been privileged to be a part of the Fire Department family
know that the job becomes part of your blood. Both active and retired
members share the same willingness to risk their lives to save others. Jim
Corrigan, Phil Hayes, and Bill Wren all acted as they had throughout their
careers, as New York City Firemen.

In their final moments, Jim Corrigan (WTC Fire & Life Safety Coordinator),
Phil Hayes (WTC Fire Director) and Bill Wren (WTC Fire Director) ushered
children from one of the WTC daycare centers to safety. They then returned
to their posts where they perished saving others.

Governor Pataki signed into law a bill reinstating all three men to active
duty firemen on 9/11/01 so that they would be properly included with their
"brothers". Today, their names remain missing from the FDNY wall at
headquarters honoring fallen firemen. All National Memorials include these
men, yet the city continues to intentionally omit them. What will it take
for the city to honor these men properly and allow three grieving families
to begin healing?

The lack of support seems to be the view of a select few who do not
appreciate the heroic and lifesaving efforts that have become the very face
of American patriotism and bravery. The same few perhaps that would have
the FD caisson taken away from us (by order of the Commissioner’s office) 40
minutes before my Father's funeral….the same few who would give us an empty
Tiffany box (and no Department medals) on medal day. It was the IAFF, UFOA
and UFA who recognized us. To say that my already grieving family was
devastated by the Department’s cruel and insensitive actions would be a
major understatement.

Commissioner Scoppetta stated since 1865, the Department has maintained a
tradition of including only “active” members on the Wall of Honor. In
Chapter 468, New York State Laws of 2002. It states, “….shall be deemed, as
of September 11, 2001 to have been fully reinstated to FULL ACTIVE
employment status…..” His position seems to be at odds with this law as
well another FDNY tradition, brotherhood. There were 346 ACTIVE members
lost on 9-11. My father, FF Hayes and FF Wren lost their lives while under
the direct supervision of the FDNY, evacuating both firefighters and
civilians.

Based on a lifetime of service to New York City, we ask for your endorsement
that Jim Corrigan, Phil Hayes and Bill Wren be included on the FDNY Wall of
Heroes for their heroics and dedication. They deserve this recognition and
with your help, it can be attained.

Yours Truly,

Brendan Corrigan
President, 9/11 Forgotten Heroes