The Greenwood Lake Volunteer Fire Department, local officials, service members and people from throughout the community gathered at the Greenwood Lake Firehouse on Sun., Sept. 11. The memorial ceremony honored the lives of the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during the tragic 9/11 terror attacks on our nation.
Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which killed almost 3,000 Americans. G.L. Fire Chief Martin Hickey organized a commemorative ceremony to honor the many local service men and women who displayed heroism and courage on that tragic day.
Bruce Van Hine was one of the fallen who was honored at the ceremony. Van Hine, a member of the G.L. Fire Department and the FDNY, was on duty on 9/11 at FDNY Squad 41 in Bronx/Harlem and was dispatched to the World Trade Center. His wife, Ann, spoke of how much her husband always wanted to be a firefighter, ending by saying, “Thanks to the Village of Greenwood Lake for all of the support. Such a phenomenal little town in such a big country. My husband died doing his job, the job that he loved so much. always pray for our firefighters.”
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A large crowd gathered outside of the Greenwood Lake Firehouse for the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Sun. Sept. 11. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie
Greenwood Lake Fire Department President James Tobin spoke to guests who gathered to commemorate the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie
Ann Van Hine, widow of FDNY firefighter Bruce Van Hine, spoke to the crowd about her husbands bravery & courage in responding to the 9/11 terrorists attacks at the World Trade Center. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie
G.L Fire Department President James Tobin received a special surprise from 10-year-old Emma Di Palma & 10-year-old Ashley Barkin, of Greenwood Lake, who raised money for the Firehouse by setting up a small stand & selling bottled waters & snacks. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie
A heavy steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center is covered with an American flag & is on display at the G.L. firehouse. The beam was given to the G.L. Fire Department on Oct. 12, 2011. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie
‘We Will Never Forget,’ a small replica of the World Trade Center was made from steel & metal collected from the site & has the date of the attacks engraved on it. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie
Firefighter gear hangs at the G.L firehouse as the community gathered to thank all who serve. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie
Members of the Greenwood Lake Volunteer Fire Department pose for a photo in front of the firehouse on Sun., Sept. 11. Pictured (from left) are: Second Assistant Chief Alex Nicholas, President James Tobin, Fire Chief Martin Hickey, & Vice President Jackie Lowenburg. Photo credit: Warwick Valley Dispatch/Lourice Angie