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: 20 Years After: The Transformation Of Ground Zero
“It’s been here since 2006. I’ve been taking care of it every day,” Harry Roland told CBS2’s Kevin Rincon.READ MORE: Remembering 9/11: Live Reading Of Names Returns To Lower Manhattan Ceremony Honoring Victims Of Terror Attacks 20 Years Ago
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: Photos: Remembering 9/11, 20 Years Later
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.