On September 11th, 2021 members of the Vulcan Society came to Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, to pay homage to the 12 members of the New York Fire Department who perished on 9.11.2001: “Honoring our Bravest––Soul 12.”

The Vulcan Society hosted the 20th year memorial event at the Quincy St. Community Garden and invited the family members of the 12 fallen firefighters. Almost three thousand people died in the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Three hundred and forty-three firefighters died, 12 were members of the Vulcan Society, the national Black firefighters’ organization.

It was a beautiful day of community, comradery, and commemoration. Active and retired firefighters came from as far as Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Bridgeport Connecticut, Trenton, New Jersey, and of course New York. They were joined by Attorney General Leticia James and Assembly woman Stefanie Zinerman; Vulcan Society President Dellon Morgan, FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh, Pastor James Geradeau, amongst many, many others.

The Soul 12 Fallen Fighters are:

Captain Vernon Richards

FF Gerald Baptiste

FF Vernon Cherry

FF Tarel Coleman

FF Keith Glascoe

FF Ronnie Henderson 

FF William Henry

FF Andrew Fletcher

FF Karl Joseph

FF Keithroy Maynard

FF Shawn Powell

FF Leon Smith Jr