A firefighter who died on Sept. 11, 2001 was laid to rest Tuesday, Sept. 10, after his remains were identified 18 years later.
Firefighters and loved ones gathered to mourn FDNY firefighter Michael Haub again after the medical examiner last week identified more of his remains that were recovered from ground zero, the Uniformed Firefighters Association said.
His family honored him once before with a memorial service on March 2002, after the medical examiner identified his remains, which were found in the lobby debris of the south tower of the World Trade Center.
He was just finishing his shift at Ladder Company 4 in Midtown Manhattan, when the call came in about the attacks, and he rushed to respond. Haub, who was a 13-year veteran of Ladder Company 4, then died in the terrorist attack.
Haub was 34 years old and his wife Erika had two children: Michael, who was 3 at the time, and Kiersten, who was 16 months old.
In addition to the firefighters killed that day, New York officials said an additional 200 firefighters have lost their lives in the following years due to illnesses related to their time working at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
“It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on Sept. 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center illness,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in July. “These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others. We will never forget them.”
As of July this year, the remains of only about 60% of the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center that day have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.