FDNY EMS lieutenant, Edith Torres, who helped September 11 victims while off-duty, dies of 9/11-linked cervical cancer

FDNY EMS Lt. Edith Torres, 46, has died of World Trade Center-related cervical cancer. Her partner, Carlos Lillo, was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, report Thomas Tracy  and John Annese in the New York Daily News.

Details for services will be posted.

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Street named for Detective Steven McDonald

Rockville Centre has renamed the corner of Maple and Madison Avenues “Detective Steven McDonald Way” in honor of the beloved NYPD detective who died last month. The corner is the site of the local police station, reports WKIP Radio.

Detective McDonald was paralyzed from the neck down in the 1980s in a shooting. He forgave the teen who shot him and was a voice of compassion and peace despite his injuries.

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Andrew Stern Memorial Essay Contest winners celebrated in East Rockaway

This year’s winners of the Andrew Stern Memorial Essay Contest have been announced, reports Michael Smollins in the Long Island Herald.

Andrew Stern graduated from the East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School. He was killed at the age of 41 during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks while working at Cantor Fitzgerald Securities.

Approximately 500 students submitted anonymous essays to the contests. This year’s essay topic was how students would make the world safer if they were president of the United States. Winners from the elementary, middle school and high school ages were chosen by Andrew Stern’s mother, sister and brother.

Junior Andrew Schwarzman won the high school category for the third straight year, seventh-grader Jason Miller won the middle school category and fifth-grader Angelina Palma won the elementary school contest.

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