Names of 13 firefighters who died from 9/11 illnesses added to FDNY memorial wall

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ROSLYN HEIGHTS (PIX11) -- Thirteen years have passed since the attacks on the World Trade Center, but for many families the tragedy of 9/11 is ongoing.

The FDNY added 13 more names to their memorial wall, recognizing men and women who have died from 9/11-related illnesses.

One of those names was that of Lieutenant Steven B. Reisman. His wife Joanna told PIX11 News that Steven worked tireless hours on the toxic pile, unearthing anything he could.

Ten years later, Steven was diagnosed with advanced brain cancer, confirmed to have been caused by the carcinogens at Ground Zero.

Though he tried various treatments, the disease ultimately took his life this past June.

However, his contagious spirit lives on through his wife and two kids, Natalie and Michael.

There are currently 89 names on the World Trade Center Memorial Wall at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn. Joanna believes that number will grow exponentially in the coming years, as there are currently more than 800 firefighters suffering from 9/11 related illnesses.