'Walk of Remembrance' Sunday for FDNY Chaplain Killed on 9/11

By Tom Liddy on September 2, 2011 1:42pm 

Fire Department chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge smiles for a photograph July 28, 2001.
Fire Department chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge smiles for a photograph July 28, 2001.
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MANHATTAN — The image of the Rev. Mychal Judge's broken body being carried from the rubble of Ground Zero became an enduring symbol of the tragedy of 9/11.

This Sunday, Sept. 4, first responders and other mourners will gather in Chelsea to remember the fallen FDNY Chaplain, a larger-than-life figure who was known for his ministry to the poor and those with AIDS.

The remembrance begins with a 9 a.m. mass at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi at 135 W. 31st St., near Seventh Avenue, where Judge lived.

The service will be followed by the Walk of Remembrance, which stops at NYPD stationhouses and FDNY firehouses along the route, ending at the World Trade Center site.

The route follows the path that Judge took on 9/11 when he rushed from St. Francis to Ground Zero to administer last rites to a firefighter.

Afterwards, he was hit by debris and killed, becoming the first official fatality of the terror attacks.

The walk began informally in 2002 by NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in 1986.

During the first walk, McDonald, who became close to Judge during his recovery, gathered with about 50 participants under the priest's window, prayed the rosary and then marched down Seventh Avenue.

All are invited to attend.

NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, who was shot and paralyzed in 1986, helped organize the Walk of Remembrance for Fr. Mychal Judge.
NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, who was shot and paralyzed in 1986, helped organize the Walk of Remembrance for Fr. Mychal Judge.
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