PO Sean Collier’s memory resonates in playground

Jayne W. Miller Wilmington Town Crier

WILMINGTON – Red, White, and Blue they made it. With flags and wings and children’s drawings, they built it. And with love and ceremony on a windswept September morning, they dedicated it.

Where Angels Play brought together volunteers, donors, residents, police and fire department honor guards, an assistant principal from Sandy Hook Elementary, NFL players, local dignitaries, and, of course, children for the dedication of the Sean Collier playground on the shore of Silver Lake Saturday morning.

Sean Collier's Grand Parents, honoring their fallen Grandson, hoist the "Where Angels Play" flag over Silver Lake. Photo Bruce Hilliard

Sean Collier’s grandparents, honoring their fallen grandson, hoist the “Where Angels Play” flag over Silver Lake. Photo Bruce Hilliard

With an immense American flag hung from the Fire Department’s Tower 1 flying over the beach, the patriotic theme was as clear as Collier’s love for the flag. Collier was an MIT Police Officer at the time he was killed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brothers who were fleeing from law enforcement just days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Several drawings by Collier’s youngest family members were memorialized as panels on the new play structure. His young cousin Willa Roberts drew the panel with police cruisers that said, “Police officers are our friends.”

Nieces Kailey and Cate Lynch drew “Always look before crossing” and “Don’t talk to strangers” panels as well, embedding into the design of the playground the importance of community policing to Collier.

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9/11 Award Committee with InterPort Police announces the 2015 medal recipients 


Chicago, IL. Jay Grant, Secretary General of the Interport Police and Chief Don De Lucca, Chair of the 9/11 Award Committee, Chief of Police for Dural Police Department, FL. announced today the recipients of the 2015 9/11 Medals. Chief De Lucca stated, “Working with our departments and agencies we honor those around the globe who are fighting terrorism and serious transnational crime within their communities and protecting the transportation security networks globally.”

Recipients of the 9/11 Medal Awards InterPort Police

Recipients of the 9/11 Medal Awards InterPort Police

Secretary Grant further stated, “We made a commitment to honor our colleagues who gave their life in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. They were our friends, our colleagues and ‘We Shall Never Forget.’ We continue this tradition by honoring those who have distinguished themselves and have continued the fight.”

The Interport Police, a 46 year old international police cooperative organization, shield and the 9/11 Medal bear 37 stars paying tribute to the then incoming president of our board, Superintendent Fred V. Morrone and his 36 brave officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police; and also to the brave fallen officers of the New York Police Department. Each of these officers was an inaugural recipient of the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Medal for Valor in 2012. Officers and officials are nominated from nine categories and selected to be honored by their peers and are among the best in the world in in law enforcement and public safety. Read More »

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NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation Shames “Never Forget” Politicians for Letting 9/11 First Responder Healthcare Lapse

Nathan Tempey Gothamist

The Zadroga Act, named for Det. James Zadroga, a 9/11 first responder who died of breathing complications in 2006, expired at midnight. When the $4.3 billion bill’s champions overcame Republican recalcitrance and passed it in 2010, it created an apparatus for monitoring and treating injuries and illness from toxins and debris at Ground Zero, and reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, paying victims for related financial losses.McCain hypocrisy

Now the deadline for congressional renewal has passed, and the New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation is shaming politicians who failed to sponsor the Act’s renewal but felt plenty comfortable milking the attacks to push an agenda of endless war, or at the very least, score easy political points. Read More »

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