Friends of fallen 9/11 FDNY Captain Vernon Richard want Brooklyn school named for him

A group called “Friends of the Late Captain Vernon Richard” have been trying since 2011 to rename a school in Brooklyn after the FDNY Captain who was killed while responding to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Captain Vernon Richard, FDNY

Captain Vernon Richard, FDNY

Despite their efforts and a petition,no school officials seem interested in renaming a school, writes Ginger Adams Otis in the February 1, 2016 edition of the Daily News.

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The Rev. John Romas, Leader of Greek Church at Ground Zero, Dies at 86

On January 24, 2016, the Rev. John D. Romas died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 86.

After St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lower Manhattan was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Romas shepherded his congregation through a move to borrowed space Brooklyn. He looked through the ruins of his tiny church, retrieving part of the wooden kouvouklion and an  epitaphios, important icons.

He hoped to see a new St. Nicholas Church, but it was not to be.

David W. Dunlap  in the New York Times  on January 31, 2016, tells his story.

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Bini fundraiser aims to raise money to combat drug epidemic

Mira Wassef of the Staten Island Advance wrote on January 30, 2016 about that evening’s Carl V. Bini  Winter Bash Fundraiser, hosted by the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund to help Staten Islanders cope with drug addiction.

Carl Bini was a firefighter with Staten Island’s Rescue 5. He was killed in the terrorist attack of 9/11. The foundation in his name supports a variety of good causes in the borough he loved.

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