Seventeen years after firefighter Michael Haub’s remains were recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center, the FDNY hero will be remembered at a second memorial service in his Long Island town.
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The recent identification of additional Ground Zero remains belonging to the 9/11 victim led his family to arrange for another visitation and ceremony this coming Tuesday at the Krauss Funeral Home in Franklin Square, L.I., where Mayor Bloomberg and FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta were among the mourners at Haub’s March 2002 wake.
Family and friends will gather one day before the 18th anniversary of Haub’s death alongside seven of his FDNY Ladder Co. 4 comrades.
The city Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Thursday that it was recently able to identify additional remains found at the site as belonging to Haub. His remains were initially discovered in the remnants of the south tower and identified by the ME about six months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
Haub’s two children, son Michael and daughter Kiersten, were ages 3 and 16 months when the Twin Towers collapsed. The little girl first said the word “Dada” on the day of her father’s death.
Haub, who was on the job for two years on Sept. 11, 2001, had long aspired to joining the FDNY, starting his time as a probationary firefighter at age 31. He was was based in the Midtown firehouse just north of Times Square that serves as home to Engine 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9.
Haub previously served as the chief of the Roslyn Heights Highlands volunteer fire department before receiving a letter from the FDNY with an offer to join the ranks of city firefighters.
On Friday, the FDNY will honor 22 members of the department killed by their efforts in the rescue and recovery efforts that helped locate Haub and so many others in the toxic environment at Ground Zero. The names will be added to the department’s World Trade Center Memorial Wall at the FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn. More than 200 firefighters died of WTC-related illnesses in the last 18 years.
“This solemn wall is a poignant and permanent reminder of the sacrifice of all that responded on Sept. 11, and toiled for weeks and months at the World Trade Center searching for the innocent lives taken that day,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
In July, the city Medical Examiner identified its 1,644th victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The woman’s name was withheld at the request of her family after DNA testing of remains from 2002 positively identified her. One month earlier, the remains of a man whose name was also kept under wraps were positively identified as well.
At this point, 1,109 victims — roughly 40% of the 2,753 people reported missing after two hijacked planes slammed into the 110-story buildings — remain unidentified. ___
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