Damian Battinelli, formerly of the U.S. Air National Guard, worked security at the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. New York State Trooper Brian Falb was also assigned to the site for a time.
Both men lived in the Plattsburgh area and bonded over their shared legacy from their time at the site — World Trade Center-related cancer.
This past Monday, Mr. Battinelli attended Trooper Falb’s funeral, reported Dan Heath in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.
Battinelli, who suffers from site-related bladder cancer, said, “I kind of thought I was the only one in this area who had come down with cancer from 9/11.”
The article mistakenly refers to NYPD Detective James Zadroga as a firefighter.
St. Joseph’s Chapel, which served as one of the respite areas for recovery workers during the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and which houses a beautiful September 11th memorial, now faces closure as a result of a real estate deal that increased its rent from $7,000 to $23,000 per month, reports Sheila Anne Feeney in amNY.
The chapel, located at South End Avenue and Liberty Street, is currently surviving on borrowed funds. Its website currently states that “the trustees and the members of the Finance Council believe that this significant operating loss is not sustainable.”
St. Joseph’s is the only house of worship west of the West Side Highway and the only Battery Park City site linked to the attacks of September 11th. Its memorial is the only Catholic memorial to those killed in the attacks.
Jewish congregations without a home in Battery Park City use the chapel to celebrate their High Holy Days.
Father Jarlath Quinn, pastor of St. Peter’s Church, which operates the chapel, did not comment. The archdiocese and The Battery Park City Authority did not respond to emails.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has donated $100,000 in trust for the five sons of Yadira Arroyo, the New York City emergency medical technician who was murdered this week, reports John Asbury in NY Newsday.
Arroyo’s sons range in age from 5 to 24.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was formed after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in honor of Staten Island Firefighter Stephen Siller.