How many firefighters died on 9/11?

343 FDNY firefighters, plus one New York Fire patrolman, were killed in the terrorist attacks, along with dozens of other public safety personnel


The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 people, including 343 Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) firefighters and one New York Fire patrolman. 

The incident marks the largest loss of life of any emergency response agency in history, according to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States

The 343 FDNY firefighters killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers hailed from 75 firehouses across the city.  

Map of FDNY's first-responding firehouses to the September 11 attacks. Circles show the location of the company responding; solid circles mean multiple companies. Rose-colored circles indicate companies with casualties.
Map of FDNY's first-responding firehouses to the September 11 attacks. Circles show the location of the company responding; solid circles mean multiple companies. Rose-colored circles indicate companies with casualties. (Image/New York Times via Wikipedia)

FDNY’s Chief of Department, Pete Ganci, was among the members killed, as was Chaplain Mychal Judge. Several other top commanders and chiefs from the FDNY were also killed in the collapse of the Twin Towers. 

The 9/11 attack was such a monumental loss of life for the FDNY that it forged and strengthened a relationship with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which still supports the department’s members to this day. NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki details the Foundations early involvement in supporting FDNY in the days and weeks after 9/11 in “Rising from Ground Zero,” a digital edition focused on the New York City response and recovery efforts. Learn more about how the NFFF’s mission shifted post-9/11 and the ongoing support the foundation offers FDNY.  

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial to the 343 firefighters killed on September 11, 2001.
The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial to the 343 firefighters killed on September 11, 2001. (Photo/NFFF)

The New York Fire Patrolman killed on 9/11 was Keith Roma. While not an FDNY firefighter and therefore not included in the commonly referenced 343 figure, Roma was a firefighter, and some believe the 343 designation should be updated to 344 to honor Roma’s service. Read Roma’s story here. 

Beyond fire service personnel, there were dozens of LODDs among other public safety agencies on 9/11. The Port Authority Police Department suffered 37 fatalities, the largest loss of life of any police force in history. The NYPD suffered 23 fatalities, the second-largest loss of life of any police force in history, exceeded only by the PAPD officers LODDs from 9/11. 

Eight EMTs and paramedics were killed on 9/11. Read about the eight EMS providers here. 

Since September 11, 2001, hundreds of public safety personnel have died from occupational illness related to their rescue and recovery work. 

“Never Forget” is a common phrase used to remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001, including the 343 firefighters and other public safety personnel.  

Memorial events are held every year to honor the fallen first responders, the most notable events likely being the NFFF-affiliated 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs to honor the 343 fallen FDNY firefighters. Learn more about the Stair Climb events here. Others have launched the events like the "Never Forget Walk” and the FDNY 343 Ride to honor their fallen brothers.  

Review FireRescue1's 20th anniversary coverage of the 9/11 attacks here.

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