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Rebuilding After 9/11: How the Fire Department of New York was Forever Changed
Thursday, September 29 • 6 p.m.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the FDNY faced a terrible reality: 343 active-duty members had been killed in the attacks, including much of its leadership. The department needed to rebuild from top to bottom, while caring for grieving members and 9/11 families, deploying firefighters to the World Trade Center site for the rescue and recovery operation, and providing fire protection for the city. Former FDNY Fire Commissioners Thomas Von EssenSalvatore Cassano, and Daniel A. Nigro are joined by Brian McDonald, author of Five Floors Up, which chronicles the life of Chief William Feehan, the only person to have held every rank in the FDNY, who was killed on 9/11. They reflect on the history of the FDNY, the experience of the department on 9/11, and how the department rebuilt.

Through the fourth annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum Summit on Security, presented by Fiserv, public programs in 2022 are made possible by Bloomberg, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, IronNet, Marsh McLennan, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Greater New York Hospital Association, Montefiore Medicine and Morgan Stanley.


Revealed Online

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  This online collection of stories was adapted from the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s special exhibition Revealed: The Hunt For Bin Laden. 

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Past Public Programs

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You can explore past programs and learn more about the continuing impact of 9/11 on the world today with the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Public Programs Archive.

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