Maspeth firehouse FDNY Squad 288-HazMat 1 gets landmark study because of 9/11 losses

The neighborhood of Maspeth Queens has tried for more than 10 years to have their local FDNY firehouse, Squad 288/HazMat 1, designated a landmark because it lost more firefighters than any other house in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and because of its 1914 architecture.

New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has now agreed to consider the idea, reports Michael Gannon for the Queens Chronicle.

Out of the 343 FDNY firefighters killed responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 19 of them came from the Maspeth firehouse.

Killed from Squad 288 on 9/11 were Lt. Ronald Kerwin, FF Peter Brennan, FF Ronnie Gies, FF Joseph Hunter, FF Jonathan Ielpi, FF Adam Rand, FF Brian Sweeney and FF Timothy Welty.

Killed from Hazmat 1 were Battalion Chief John Fanning, Captain Thomas Moody, Captain Patrick Waters, Lt. John Crisci, FF Dennis Carey, FF Martin DeMeo, FF Thomas Gardner, FF John Giordano, FF Jonathan Hohmann, FF Dennis Scauso and FF Kevin Smith.

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London’s Southwark Cathedral dedicates chapel to victims of terrorism and violent crime

A new Chapel of Reconciliation at Southwark Cathedral will remember terrorism and violent crime victims as part of the Community of the Cross of Nails, reports the Church of England website.

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Darren Drake bill named for N.J. man killed in NYC terror attack now expected to win approval in Congress

The Darren Drake Act looks likely to become law.

The act, named for Darren Drake, 32, one of the eight people murdered in the October 31, 2017 terrorist truck attack on a Lower Manhattan bike path, would make it difficult for terrorists to rent vehicles, reports Jonathan D. Salant for NJ Advance Media.

A rented truck was used to mow down innocent cyclists in the Halloween attack.

Both the House and Senate’s negotiators agreed to the bill, making its approval nearly certain.

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