Firefighting, Legal

FDNY Firefighter’s Widow Settles for $10M in Deutsche Bank Case

The widow of a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) firefighter killed in the 2007 Deutsche Bank fire has reached a $10 million settlement with New York City and a contractor involved in demolishing the structure.

The New York Daily News ( reports that Bovis Lend Lease has agreed to pay Joseph Graffagnino’s widow, Linda, and her two small children $9 million. The city will pay another $1 million. The settlement is expected to be approved today.

On August 18, 2007, firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino were killed in a seven-alarm fire at the Deutsche Bank building. The fire injured more than a hundred other firefighters.

A recent article by a former journalist took an in-depth look at safety lapses in the case; more on that subject can be found HERE.

For more on the settlement, visit the Daily News at