NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than two dozen members of the FDNY who died of illnesses from the rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero will be honored Tuesday.
The department will add 25 more names to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall.READ MORE: NYPD Officer Jason Rivera Fatally Shot, Officer Wilbert Mora Critically Injured Responding To Harlem Domestic Dispute
“It’s been here since 2006. I’ve been taking care of it every day,” Harry Roland told CBS2’s Kevin Rincon.READ MORE: 'The Loss Of A Hero': NYPD Mourns Death Of 22-Year-Old Officer Jason Rivera
He also tries to make sure people appreciate why it’s there.
“Sometimes I just blurt it out, ‘Look at the wall, why is it there, feel it, touch it, put your hands all over it,'” he said.
Officials have said 75% of the firefighters who responded on 9/11 now have some form of illness.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 1/22 Saturday Morning Forecast
The World Trade Center Health Program is free to all who have a documented 9/11-related illness. Congress also designated billions of dollars for victims compensation for those with cancer and those who have lost loved ones. Click here for more information.