Three FDNY World Trade Center cancer deaths today

Three FDNY recovery workers have died today of site-related cancer. Details about services for Lt. Howard Bischoff, Firefighter Dan Heglund and Firefighter Robert Leaver will be posted as soon as they are available.

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13th Annual DeConto 5K

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The 13th Annual Captain Gerald F. DeConto, USN Scholarship Fund 5K Run and Walk takes place Sunday, September 21. Capt. DeConto, USN, was killed at the age of 44 in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. A scholarship fund has been set up in his memory to honor him and the legacy he left behind, which is one of service to his country, leadership, friendship and love of life and family. A scholarship is awarded each year from the fund to a deserving Sandwich High School senior. It is Capt. DeConto’s family’s hope that through the scholarship fund, he will continue to influence the lives of young people and that his memory, and the ideals he believed in, will live on.

“Over the last 12 years we have been please[d] to hand out over $55,000. in scholarships to deserving Sandwich High School students to help them with their higher education costs,” said David DeConto, Capt. DeConto’s brother.

The race begins at 9 AM at Russell’s Corner, at the intersection of Jarves Street and Route 6A. The registration fee is $20 for participants over 18 years old and $15 for those 18 and younger. Read More »

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Pentagon survivor shares 9/11 experience, promotes preparedness

By Beth Reece Belvoir Eagle

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald Photo - Teodora Mocanu

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald Photo – Teodora Mocanu

The scars are just one of several reminders that take retired Lt. Col. Robert Grunewald back to September 11, 2001.

“Whether I meet someone who was there, see a picture that takes me back or receive an email from a 9/11 foundational group, it never goes away. Sure, my memory is not as sharp as it used to be, and the pain is not so severe, but it never completely goes away. It never will,” Grunewald told employees during a Patriot Day observance at the McNamara Headquarters Complex, September 10.

Grunewald was in a morning staff meeting when hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. Darkness and an eerie silence immediately followed, and dense smoke flooded the room.

“It took us several minutes to move ourselves from the searing heat and choking jet fuel. Many of us survived; unfortunately some did not,” he said.

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