This week, 156 names will be added to the memorial walls in a Nesconset, NY, park, bringing the total number of first responders who died from illnesses linked to their work at Ground Zero to more than 850, according to John Feal, a 9/11 first responder and president of the FealGood Foundation.

The three walls inside the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park were erected to honor their service.

“I find solace that those names are etched and they’ll be there forever,” Wilson said. “But at the same time, I find it disturbing that it’s just growing and growing.”

Newsday featured the stories of three first responders from Long Island whose lives and the lives of their loved ones have been forever altered by their work in the days after 9/11 in today’s issue.

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