Fallen firefighters Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia honored

Two fallen firefighters were honored and remembered Friday. Brooklyn resident Joseph Graffagnino and fellow firefighter Robert Beddia died during a blaze at the Deutsche Bank

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BROOKLYN - Two fallen firefighters were honored and remembered Friday.

Brooklyn resident Joseph Graffagnino and fellow firefighter Robert Beddia died during a blaze at the Deutsche Bank building nearly six years ago while trapped in a smoky stairwell. Graffagnino, who was only 33 years old when he lost his life, left behind his wife and two young children.

Though there has been controversy about how the fire started, officials confirm that a stand pipe in the building, which allows fire crews to send water to different floors, had been cut.

A plaque outside of a Manhattan firehouse was dedicated to Graffagnino. Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano says the plaque will always remind anyone who passes it of the many sacrifices FDNY firefighters make for our city each and every day.

For more from the dedication, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 
 

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