Family And Friends March In Remembrance Of Mychal Judge, FDNY Chaplain Killed On 9/11

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the Sunday before the 9/11 anniversary, it has become a tradition to remember Father Mychal Judge, an FDNY chaplain killed while doing his sworn duty. For the ninth year in a row, firefighters, 9/11 family members, and friends honored Judge by following the route he took on the tragic day.

Judge, the first recorded victim of 9/11, was killed in the North Tower lobby while administering last rites to 9/11 victims.

“He had a great presence about him,” Peter Micheels told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano. “Certainly he gave some people comfort, the fact that he was there.”

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The tribute began with a Mass at St. Francis of Assisi and ended on Liberty Street in front of FDNY Engine 10, Ladder 10.

Organizer Detective Steven McDonald, who befriended Judge after being shot and paralyzed as a young police officer, talked about the approaching 10th anniversary.

“I think 10 years have come and gone and they still feel very real to many of us,” he said.

Same goes for 9/11 family member Rosemary Cain who lost her firefighter son George.

“The time doesn’t take away the hurt. The time doesn’t take away the sadness, the profound sadness for the families. The years don’t matter. We have to live with this every single day,” she said.

Along the walk, those in attendance dedicated Judge’s bunker coat and helmet at the New York City Fire Museum. Some called it a miracle that his coat remained fully intact.

Judge was the first recorded victim on 9/11.

Please leave a comment below…

  • kendra

    that is very nice they r doing stuff like that some people would actually would do something like that to help and in memories of others that are know longer here with us…

  • Lisa S.

    Rest in peace, knowing you brought much peace to those who needed it. We’ll never forget you or the tragic events of 9/11.

  • 9/11 Survivor

    It’s time to move our country forward. This is exactly what is holding us back, what these terrorists want. We have to remember, but move towards the future.

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    • Fireman Paul

      Sorry but while I agree with you our country needs to move forward these folks have every right to honor a fallen brother, fireman 45

  • Liz Hale

    Saint Mychal Judge, pray for us.

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