9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Garden City firefighters stand at attention during the recent 9/11 Memorial Service they hosted
(Photo by Dave Gil de Rubio)

For the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Garden City firefighters held a remembrance ceremony at the village’s 9/11 Memorial on the village green. Along with the 23 residents who perished during the World Trade Center attack, the ceremony also paid tribute to the 343 members of the New York Fire Department, 23 members of the New York Police Department and 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department that were killed, along with those who died of 9/11-related illnesses.
Garden City native Rev. Stephen Tamke and Monsignor James Swiader, pastor of Saint Joseph Church, offered the opening and closing prayers.

A Garden City firefighter salutes during the village’s recent 9/11 Memorial Service.
(Photo by Carisa Giardino)

Also in attendance was Mayor Brian Daughney, who was joined by Village of Garden City board members and Garden City’s executive personnel, local representatives, school district personnel and a local Boy Scout troop.
The names of the 23 residents who perished were read during the ceremony. Their names are etched in the memorial monument stone on the village green.

Thomas M. Brennan
• Jonathan Neff Cappello
• Paul Cascio
• Michele Coyle-Eulau
• Laurence Curia
• Michael L. DiAgostino
• William J. Dimmling
• Christopher J. Dunne
• Paul Eckna
• Michael Hardy Edwards
• Robert J. Ferris
• Peter V. Genco
• Ryan A. Kohart
• David Leistman
• Robert C. McLaughlin Jr.
• James F. Murphy, IV
• James R. Ostrowski
• Durrell Pearsall
• James G. Smith
• Eric Thomas Steen
• John F. Swaine
• Kevin T. Szocik
• Stephen K. Tompsett

The names of the 23 Garden City residents who perished during 9/11 can be found on this memorial monument stone on the village green.
(Photo by Carisa Giardino)
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In addition to being editor of Hicksville News and Massapequa Observer, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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