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Glenville Firefighters Remember 9/11 Victims

GREENWICH, Conn. – Ten years ago members of the Glenville volunteer firefighters were deployed into Westchester County as part of the mutual aid response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center that day. Other members also assisted in recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the weeks afterward. On Friday night, the department revealed its memorial made from a piece of the World Trade Center.

The volunteer fire company was selected by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to receive the 8-foot-by-4-inch piece last month. It was a two-year effort to acquire the steel, which was made into a memorial to stand outside the department’s headquarters on the intersection of Glenville Rd. and Riversville Rd. “We were deeply honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Frank Napolitano of the Glenville Fire Department.

The memorial speaker, former member of FDNY, Joe Higgins, was in downtown Brooklyn on Sept. 11 going over a tape recording from an investigation, when he heard screaming. “It wasn’t the tape, it was Engine 10 yelling to a fire dispatch that a plane just hit the World Trade Center,” said Higgins. He described rushing to downtown Manhattan and leaving the site as the first tower went down. “They say, you should never look back. It was very hard not to look back. I left a lot of people behind,” said Higgins.

Chief Peter Siecienski and First Selectman Peter Tesei read the roll of honor for the men and women of Greenwich who died. The father of Jason Sabbag and the wife and daughter of Martin Wohlforth, two residents who died on Sept. 11 laid the memorial wreath and flowers in front of the memorial.

How are you remembering Sept. 11 on the 10th anniversary? Looking back on the last decade, what are your hopes for the next? Comment below or email ahelhoski@thedailygreenwich.com

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