352 names added to memorial at 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial Park
The names of 352 people who died of 9/11-related illnesses this year were added Saturday to the memorial at 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial Park in Nesconset.
The memorial wall, which has nearly 2,500 already etched, bears the names of both uniformed first responders and those who worked or volunteered at ground zero .
"This made it real, seeing her name, but it's kind of comforting knowing that's she's recognized for sacrificing her life for us," said Astoria's Nikki Rossi, whose mother, NYPD Lt. Helen Rossi, died of 9/11-related pancreatic cancer in January.
"We continue let New Yorkers and America know that 9/11 has not stopped killing," added FealGood Foundation's John Feal.
Feal said the three walls of the memorial will be filled in two years due to the growing number of responders dying from 9/11-related illnesses. Fundraising efforts are underway to add two additional walls to ensure these heroes are not forgotten.
"These men and women in uniform and nonuniform were the best of the best this country offered 22 years ago," Feal said. "We're here to ensure that their stories are told."