Mychal Judge

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Mychal F. Judge, OFM (May 11, 1933 - September 11, 2001) was a Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor and Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York. He was the first recorded victim of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Sept. 11

Judge was one of the first members of the FDNY on site after the first plane struck the World Trade Center. He began administering last rites to injured civilians lying in the street, then entered the North Tower to continue tending to the injured and the dying inside.

Judge died when the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 AM. Debris from the tower flew striking the lobby of the North Tower, killing and injuring may of those inside. Judge was struck in the head as he said last rites over an injured fireman.

His body was carried out of the tower and placed in a body bag labeled "Victim 0001."

Posthumous honors

Judge's heroism earned him numerous posthumous accolades from around the world. U.S. Congress awarded him a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The City of New York renamed a portion of West 31st Street "Father Mychal F. Judge Street" and christened a commuter boat "The Father Mychal Judge Ferry".[1]

France awarded Judge the Legion of Honor, one of just 27 Americans to be so recognized.[2] Many Catholic leaders have lobbied for Judge to be declared a saint.