Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake Volunteer Fire Department held a 9/11 Memorial and Remembrance Service at the firehouse on Mon., Sept. 11.
The memorial was attended by Village and Town Officials, the Greenwood Lake Police Department, the Greenwood Lake Ambulance Corps., the Warwick Police Dept., local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Fr. Robert Sweeney from Holy Rosary Church, members from the American Legion, Elks Lodge and other local organizations, as well as by many community members.
Fire Department President Jimmy Tobin opened the ceremony, thanking everyone for attending. He then recapped the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and made a special remembrance and tribute in honor of Bruce Van Hine, a fellow volunteer fireman from the Greenwood Lake Fire Department, who lost his life on Sept. 11, while on duty as a New York City firefighter.
President Tobin remembered fellow resident Linda Gronlund, an attorney and engineer who also lost her life on Sept. 11 as a passenger on Flight 93, as well as all the lives lost that day and from the after-effects of Sept. 11. He also recognized fallen heroes 1st Lt. Lou (Louis) Allen and Lance Cpl. Scott Lynch, who were killed while serving and protecting our Country. All of the individuals touched the lives of the community and beyond.
Village Justice Keith Garley and Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton each spoke during the service and offered kind words to honor and pay tribute to all the brave individuals.
“The best way we can convey this event to children is not by the lives lost or sorrow we feel, but the sacrifices made and bonds formed,” said Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer.
It was also indicated at the ceremony that the steel beam that was retrieved from the 9/11 site will have a permanent spot for everyone to see and pay tribute to at the new firehouse that is currently under construction. There will also be a 9/11 memorial inside the building.