By Nigel Chiwaya DNAInfo
Lt. Joseph Leavey, FDNY
INWOOD — A relative of a firefighter killed on 9/11 decried the recent vandalism of an Inwood September 11 memorial, calling the Thanksgiving night spray-paint attack “disturbing.”
The brother-in-law of FDNY Lt. Joseph Leavey, who was killed in the terror attacks and had an honorary stone in the defaced Good Shepherd Church’s memorial garden, called the vandalism an act of malice.
“It’s hard to believe that anyone would bother a church,” Tim Sumner said of the paint-wielding vandals. “It’s just the maliciousness of people who are indifferent to the feelings of others.”Leavey was a 19-year veteran of the FDNY and was with Ladder 15 on the day of the attacks. Ladder 15 had made it to the 78th floor of the South Tower when the building collapsed.
The Journal News has posted an interview with Kevin Villa, son of EMT Yamel Merino, who was killed helping others on September 11, 2001.
Kathryn Boughton, Litchfield County Times
KENT—During Tuesday afternoon’s regular meeting, the board of selectmen warily approached the issue of a 9/11 memorial to be located on town land. The volatile topic was last discussed in 2009, when the selectmen decided not to have a monument on town property that specifically named “Muslim terrorists” as the “murderers” of nearly 3,000 Americans.
That decision ignited a firestorm of criticism—much of it vitriolic—and drew nationwide attention. In an interview with Fox News at the time, then-First Selectman Ruth Epstein explained, “We perceive ourselves as a very warm, loving town. To disparage any one ethnic group is just against everything that we stand for here.”
But Peter Gadiel of Kent, whose 23-year-old son, James, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center and was killed in the terrorists’ attack on the World Trade Center, felt otherwise. He told Fox News in the same story that any tribute to his son would be incomplete without those words. Others in the community, and farther afield, agreed.
Selectman Susie Williams asked that the issue again be included on the agenda for the selectmen’s meeting. She said she had seen a brochure signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the World Trade Center site discussing a memorial plaque there that referred to the murder of 2,997 people at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Read More