On this second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, see a “then and now” interactive photograph of the Postcards Memorial, shown at the height of the storm and now, by clicking here. A number of pictures of Staten Island during and after the storm are displayed within the link.
Postcards honors the 274 Staten Island victims of the terrorist attacks of 2001 with two large “postcards to heaven” that also look like angel wings. Between the “postcards” are silhouettes and the names of those people with close ties to Staten Island who were murdered on September 11, 2001.
By Amy Onorato Newsday
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)
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 Park Fire Department and lending a hand at many Deer Park High School events.
“He was very humble, my husband — he never really talked about his accomplishments or made them a big deal,” wife Rosalie Downey, 75, said. “He just loved what he did, and woke up every morning happy to go to work.”
Please note that the New York City Police Museum’s temporary quarters at 45 Wall Street have closed as of October 25, 2014. Please see their website for details about the museum.
The New York City Police Museum, formerly located at 100 Peck Slip in lower Manhattan, was severely damaged on October 28, 2012 by Hurricane Sandy.