Russ Crespolini, NJ Observer-Tribune
CHESTER – Former Port Authority Policeman and borough resident Will Jimeno knows a thing or two about savoring moments.
As an officer responding to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Jimeno literally spent hours trapped beneath the rubble of the Twin Towers not knowing if he was going to live or die.
His story of courage and survival has been featured in countless articles and by Hollywood in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center film. Jimeno has spent his time since sharing his story as an inspirational speaker and part of what he preaches are the many ways in which his near-death experience changed him.
And it is from that shift in core values that the idea for his new business venture sprung. Read More
By Alex Wigglesworth Philly.com
Two New Jersey men were sentenced Friday for operating a bogus 9/11 charity through which they swindled generous donors out of thousands of dollars.
Mark Niemczyk, 67, of Tinton Falls, and Thomas Scalgione, 42, of Manahawkin, sold t-shirts and collected donations out of a pickup truck emblazoned with 9/11-themed images. They offered assurances the contributions would be used to help families of 9/11 victims.
But the proceeds never reached the coffers of any charity. The cash was instead deposited into Niemczyk’s personal bank accounts and used to pay for routine expenses.
Sarah-Jayne Simon, KVOA News 4 Tucson
SIERRA VISTA, AZ - The Sierra Vista Fire Department is honoring those that lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, in a memorial artifact made from the remains of the World Trade Center.
Sierra Vista Fire Department was the recipient of a 72-pound steel artifact recovered from Ground Zero in 2011 [sic – the Sierra Vista FD received the steel in 2011]. The artifact will be the focal point of a memorial and will be surrounded by 3,000 stainless steel butterflies which represent each life lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93.
The design for the memorial was selected after a community-wide competition that was open to all residents of the county who were 15 years old and older. Landscape architects Beverly Wilson and Dara Widner and sculptor Brian Conahue were the winners of the competition.
Donahue’s “Flutter of Souls” submission explained the symbolism of the butterflies as “a time-honored symbol of the spirit set free…a symbol of life, rebirth, renewal, and the memory of the immortal souls who have gone before us.” This winning entry will be displayed in the Maltese Cross plaza on the south side of fire station number three on Giulio Cesare Avenue. Read More