Groundbreaking held for 9/11 first responders memorial in Suffolk

NESCONSET - Hundreds of people turned out in Nesconset this morning for the groundbreaking of the new Sept. 11 memorial honoring first responders who died from diseases attributed to their work at Ground Zero.

The memorial will be first of its kind anywhere in the country.

The wall will begin with about 1,000 names, but as the death toll climbs, organizers say there could be over 30,000 names on the wall.

Greta Helmke, whose husband, Robert, died in 2007 from cancer linked to his work at Ground Zero as a first responder, says that the memorial will help bring awareness to the community about those who later paid with their live to help those after the attacks.

9/11 Responders Remembered Park to be built in Nesconset

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