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Remains of 9/11 World Trade Center firefighter identified

11:19 AM, Jul 6, 2013   |    comments
A statue becomes a shrine to fallen firefighters who died during the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings. Photo by Getty Images.
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The "gentle giant" is going back to his family. Improved DNA testing has identified the remains of another of the firefighters killed in the 9/11 attacks, reports the Staten Island Advance.

Lt. Jeffrey Walz died in the north tower nearly a dozen years ago.

"My family always felt at some point we would get a phone call," his widow, Rani Walz, tells the New York Post. "I wasn't so sure. This has reopened old wounds."

Walz was 37 when he died, leaving behind Rani and their 3-year-old son, Bradley. He managed to call his wife and parents from the tower before it collapsed, says his sister.

As for that "gentle giant" nickname: "It was obviously because of his height and because he was such a good person," explains his wife. "He was a saint with me."

A city official says the remains of 1,637 World Trade Center victims have now been identified, leaving 1,116 unidentified.

"At least we can say he's not missing anymore," mom Jennie Walz tells the Journal News.


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