Retired FDNY Firefighter Roger Espinal of Engine Company 320 died of World Trade Center-related illness on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at age 42. In August 2018, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a brain tumor linked to his work at Ground Zero.
Roger and Miriam met at a grocery store in 2008 and married in 2013. Together they had a young son, Noah. The family lived in Glen Cove, New York, where a street has been named in Roger’s honor.
Not one to sit still, Roger was always busy with some sort of project or playing with Noah. Even during his illness, while he was undergoing radiation, he ran a 5K to raise money for brain cancer patients.
He was the beloved husband of Miriam, loving father of Noah, dear son of Marie and the late Rogelio, and a devoted brother to Tanya, Amy and Marc.