9 names added to New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in downtown Albany


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ALBANY, New York — The names of nine firefighters have been added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in downtown Albany.

The memorial honors the nearly 2,400 people who have died in the line of duty as professional or volunteer firefighters.

The names added Tuesday include two Rochester-area firefighters killed in 1952 — Bernard Bauman and Arthur Sink of the Laurelton Fire Department — and Lt. Joseph DiBernardo, who died in November 2011 from injuries suffered in the 2005 "Black Sunday" fire in the Bronx that killed three other New York City firefighters.

The others, who died between 2007 and 2013, were Thomas Burley of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company, John Janos of the Binghamton Fire Department, Matthew Porcari of the Owego department, Timothy Lamere of the Constable department, Antonio Rodriques of the Yonkers department and Michael Sowich of the New Hartford department.

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