Day of giving back marks dedication of 9/11 memorial in Massapequa Park
Saturday marked a day of giving back to some of the families of the brave men and women who call Long Island home.
The effort was part of the dedication ceremony for the Towers of Freedom 9/11 Memorial in Massapequa Park. Several law enforcement and veterans groups raised $13,000 for the donation of some special items in a show of gratitude for the families that have given so much.
Ken Haskell, a recently retired NYC fireman and Sept. 11 first responder, was among those honored. A bike was donated for Haskell's 15-year-old son Ryan, who has special needs.
"Having a bicycle that has three wheels is a perfect fit for him. Now we're able to get outside and do things together, live we've always wanted to do," Haskell says.
Retired NYPD Officer Kevin Carrol received two custom-made running chairs for his sons.
"It's overwhelming much how these people came together for us and our boys. It's beyond words, it really does mean the world to them," Carrol says.
Organizers Thomas Smith and Francis Haskell say it's just one way to give back to those who have given so much.
The path leading up to the Massapequa Park memorial is lined with the names of Sept. 11 first responders and at Saturday's event, four new engraved bricks were presented.