Dr. Charles Hirsch


Age: 79

forensic pathologist and head of the New York City Medical Examiners Office for more than 20 years from 1989 to 2013 whose staff helped to identify the remains of 9/11 victims after he had rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and was hit by falling debris as one of the twin towers collapsed when he and several aides worked to create a temporary morgue at the lower Manhattan site, but who continued to oversee the medical examiner's office as pathologists worked for years to identify the remains of more than 2,000 victims and the city named the Charles S. Hirsh Center for Forensic Sciences (which is believed to be the largest public DNA crime laboratory in the nation) in his honor when he retired.

Cause of Death: Unreleased causes

Born: March 30, 1937

Died: April 8, 2016

New York City, New York