9/11 firefighter’s remains identified after 18 years

Family members and loved ones gathered to honor Firefighter Michael Haub, whose remains were recently identified by a medical examiner

Duty Death: Michael Haub - [New York City, New York]

End of Service: 09/11/2001


By FireRescue1 Staf 

NEW YORK — Eighteen years after the attacks on 9/11, family members and loved ones gathered to honor a firefighter whose remains were identified and finally laid to rest on Tuesday. 

Uniformed Firefighters Association officials said the medical examiner conclusively identified the remains of Firefighter Michael Haub, CNN reported. Only 60% of human remains have been identified out of the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center.

Kiersten Haub, center left, hugs her mother Erika Starke, center, as Michael Haub, center right, salutes for New York firefighter Michael Haub, as they attend a second funeral service for him in Franklin Square, N.Y.  (Photo/AP, Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Kiersten Haub, center left, hugs her mother Erika Starke, center, as Michael Haub, center right, salutes for New York firefighter Michael Haub, as they attend a second funeral service for him in Franklin Square, N.Y. (Photo/AP, Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

In a statement released by the association, officials said laying Haub to rest will offer closure and peace of mind to family members. Haub worked with the Ladder Company 4 for 13 years.  

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attack, orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, exposed thousands of first responders to toxins resulting in a range of health conditions including PTSD and cancer, as well as respiratory and digestive issues. 

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