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Daughter of FDNY firefighter killed on 9/11 to graduate from Fire Academy

By Caitlin Nolan New York Daily News Josephine Smith has lived by three words since her father, FDNY firefighter Kevin Smith, was killed in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks — “Make him proud.” And come Tuesday, when Smith, 34, graduates from the Fire Academy and becomes the first daughter of a firefighter killed on 9/11 […]

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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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