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Mission Accomplished: Sgt. Ben Tomlinson Gets Keys to New Home for Veterans Day

Sgt. Ben Tomlinson at his new home dedication. photo - Angie Finley, JSU

By Heather Greene Jacksonville State University News JSU student and American hero Sgt. Ben Tomlinson was the focus of Jacksonville’s 2014 Veterans Day celebration at an event that was years in the making. While serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan in May 2010, Tomlinson was shot in the neck by a sniper, resulting in […]

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FDNY lieutenant gets new home after Sandy destroyed family’s old home

By Lisa Mateo WPIX STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – A New York City firefighter and his wife will carry their second child into a brand new home thanks to volunteers who helped them rebuild after Hurricane Sandy destroyed their Staten Island residence. FDNY Lt. Chris Kotula, his wife Carolyn and their 2-year-old daughter Caelyn will see their […]

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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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