Fr. Mychal Judge (May 11, 1933 – September 11, 2001) was a chaplain for the NYC Fire Deparment who gave his life during the 9/11 attacks. Robert Emmet (Mychal) Judge was the son of Irish Catholic immigrants from County Leitrim and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. during the Great Depression. In 1948, at the age of 15, Judge began the formation process to enter the Franciscan community. He completed his training and was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1961. Upon entering the Order of Friars Minor, he took the religious name of Michael, later changing the spelling to Mychal. In 1986, he was assigned to the monastery of St Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street, New York, where he lived and worked until his death in 2001. In 1992, Father Judge was appointed chaplain of the Fire Department of New York. Upon hearing the news that the World Trade Center had been hit, Father Judge rushed to the site. Judge administered the Last Rites to some lying on the streets, then entered the lobby of the World Trade Center North Tower. When the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 am, debris went flying through the North Tower lobby, killing many inside, including Fr. Judge. He is listed as the first recorded casualty of the 9/11 attacks. Judge was well known in the city for ministering to the homeless, the hungry, recovering alcoholics, people with AIDS, the sick, injured, and grieving, immigrants, gays and lesbians and those alienated by the Church and society.
Other inductees include:
- Arts & Humanities: Martin Sheen and William James "Bill" Murray.
- Business & Industry: John Fitzpatrick.
- Public Service: Audie Leon Murphy.
- Sports: Maureen Catherine Connolly.
- Education: Lawrence J. McCaffrey.
- Science: Mark and Scott Kelly
About the Irish American Hall of Fame: Founded in 2010, the IAHOF inducted its first honorees in March 2011. A total of 70 worth Irish American have been inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame. To see the complete list of all the prior inductees and learn more about the IAHOF, visit www.iahof.org.
About the Irish American Heritage Center: Founded in 1976, the Chicago-based organization is one of the premier Irish cultural organizations in the United States. It is a destination for people of Irish descent as well as those who wish to learn more about the Irish heritage. Learn more at www.irish-american.org