Although all official records state 343 fire fighters died on 9/11. There was a 344th, Keith Roma, who saved 200 people, climbing tower 1 four times. He was NYFP (Fire patrol) so the FDNY don’t list him on the list of dead even though they promised they would.

The firefighter everyone forgot about on 9/11

On September 11th, 2001, 19 terrorists caused the deaths of 2,977 people.

Of those, many of them were firefighters who spent their last moments attempting to save the lives of everyone still trapped in the burning Twin Towers. According to official statistics and the New York Fire Department, 343 of them died on that day. What those statistics don’t show is that there was a 344th.

While the New York Fire Department served as the main fire protection unit for New York City, many people don’t know about a second one: the New York Fire Patrol.

With only three stations and around 100 firefighters, the NYFP was a much smaller scale operation with a more focused purpose: The NYFP protected property. Where the FDNY would break windows … Continue Reading (3 minute read)

13 thoughts on “Although all official records state 343 fire fighters died on 9/11. There was a 344th, Keith Roma, who saved 200 people, climbing tower 1 four times. He was NYFP (Fire patrol) so the FDNY don’t list him on the list of dead even though they promised they would.”

  1. Destination_Centauri

    Well, a word to FDNY:

    Keep in mind: it’s never too late to honor a past promise!

    So here’s to hoping, because if Keith doesn’t represent the true-inner spirit of your fire fighting organization… then I don’t know who exactly will!?

  2. Wptreid

    Excuse the ignorance not American. What’s the difference between Fire Patrol and FDNY? Tragic.

  3. KenardGUMP

    “In the words of Roma’s father, “Every time we hear that number 343, it hurts. It should be 344.”

  4. Strawberry_Left

    >Even Wikipedia only lists 343. And before you say that anyone can edit it, I already tried and it was deleted.

    Someone else tried as well when they posted this old petition, that’s still active if anyone wants to sign it:

    https://www.change.org/p/sign-the-petition-to-include-the-firefighter-everyone-forgot-about-in-the-9-11-count

    >Even Wikipedia only lists 343. And before you say that anyone can edit it, that has already been tried but the entry was deleted because, according to Wikipedia, “Fire Patrol is not an emergency service function.

    At least it looks like they reversed that decision because he is listed there now:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_workers_killed_in_the_September_11_attacks

  5. drdisney

    It amazes me that it’s been almost 20 years to the date of 9/11, and yet still to this very day the city, state and even the federal government still play games with both the first responders and the loved ones of those that passed. It’s truly sickening how we care for our hero’s compared to other countries.

  6. rjpemt

    340 Firefighters, 1 priest, and two Paramedics

  7. Designdiligence

    Keep in mind also that there are trained volunteer fireman all throughout the metro area, particularly Long Island who showed up to help rescue people. My partner is one of those firemen who showed up and is now chronically ill w horrific pain. The number of actual fireman killed and injured when you include people outside FDNY is staggering. My heart goes out to this family. He’s a hero, regardless of the bureaucracy‘s definition.

  8. EagletheBearer

    There should be a documentary or book dedicated to him. I’d call it “The 344th Hero.”

  9. TMYLee

    I womder if they manage to etched his name on the fountain in 911 memories as he deserve to be honour for his courage and kind heart. May you rest in peace, Mr Keith Roma. I salute you

  10. 249ba36000029bbe9749

    They should just make him an honorary FDNY considering what he did that day and then be done with it.

  11. keplar

    The information about “promises” is vague – I’d be interested to know what promises those were, and were they actually ones that a government agency could give.

    With no disrespect intended at all to patrolman Roma, and to the heroic work he did saving lives that day, it is a fact that he was not an FDNY member. The number 343 has always explicitly been a count of FDNY employees who died (not all of whom were firefighters) – not first responders in general. 60 police also gave theirs lives, but the NYPD and PAPD counts are separate, despite both being police agencies, and neither is included in the FDNY count. 8 more responders died who were in private employ as medics, and Roma, working for the privately funded NYFP, sadly adds one more responder to the total.

    A proper count of how many responders died that day would be 412. 343 FDNY, 37 PAPD, 23 FDNY, and 9 private employees. Countless more since then from related causes. Every one of them deserves to be remembered and recognized. Not just 343. Not just 344. All of them. The initials after their names are simply an employer. Their own names are what’s important.

  12. reggiestered

    Value play there from the FD. /s

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