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9/11 memorial poster of Jackson Heights firefighter torn down; fiancée ‘hurt’

Poster courtesy of Tanya Villanueva Tepper

By Salvatore Licata Queens Courier Every year, on the anniversary of 9/11, Tanya Villanueva Tepper hangs a brand-new poster on a tree in Jackson Heights in memory of her fiancé Sergio Villanueva, a firefighter who perished during the terrorist attack. Normally, the poster remains affixed to the tree until Tepper replaces it. But this year, […]

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Local widow: 9/11 aftermath was ‘light, beautiful’

Lisa Luckett
Photo: Stacy Lyle Photography

By Cassidy Destefano Asbury Park Press After facing the tragedy of losing her husband to the September 11 terrorist attacks, one would think that Fair Haven resident Lisa Luckett would be grief-stricken and overcome with lethargy. Instead, this stage of Luckett’s life served as a catalyst in the creation of her lifestyle brand Cozmeena. Luckett described […]

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Widow of FDNY’s Ray Downey honored at Deer Park homecoming

Deer Park High School honored Rosalie Downey, 75, center, as the grand marshal at the homecoming day parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Downey is the wife of fallen FDNY deputy chief of special operations Ray Downey, who died while trying to save civilians during 9/11. From left: Raymond Ugalde, Marie Tortorici, Nina Ugalde, Peter Tortorici, Brian Ugalde and Kathy Ugalde. (Credit: Amy Onorato)

By Amy Onorato Newsday Deer Park resident and New York Fire Department Deputy Chief of Special Operations Ray Downey, 62, gave his life trying to save civilians during the devastating events of September 11, 2001. Downey was not only a hero, but a man of the Deer Park community — giving lectures at the Deer […]

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