Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Edward Korona recently announced the final plans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11. The Hicksville Fire Department will commemorate the somber anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 11 starting at 11 a.m. at the Strong Street Fire Station memorial. The memorial was erected in memory of Ex-Chief Terrence Farrell and Honorary Chief George Howard, who lost their lives while performing rescue efforts on Sept. 11, 2001.
Ex-Chief Farrell was a member of Citizens Engine Company 3 and elite member of the New York City Fire Department, Rescue 4, and Honorary Chief Howard was an ex-captain of Emergency Company 5 and member of the Port Authority Police Department working out of JFK Airport in the Emergency Services Bureau.
“As I reflect on this day, I realize that there were some people luckier than others; some of those who narrowly escaped the horror or those who were not in Manhattan that morning; but each one of us weep the same tears and share the same grief. We have all been marked by the awful events of Sept. 11, and we know that things will never be the same,” said Chief Korona.
This year, as in years past, Chief Korona will lead his members, invited guests and members of our community with solemn thoughts and distinct honors by paying tribute to Terry and George. The ceremonies start promptly at 11 a.m. with a presentation of colors under the American Flag detail by its Hook and Ladder apparatus and feature remembrances from ex-Chief William Thunell and prayers offered for the departed, by the department chaplin and this year the Joseph Barry Council of the Knights of Columbus was invited to participate. The ceremonies generally last about an hour and this year the department will feature a special remembrance in memory of those Hicksville residents who perished that fateful day.
The HFD has been committed to providing fire protection for the Hicksville community since 1893. The HFD aims to provide and maintain suburb fire protection and prevention services today, while anticipating the fire concerns of future generations. The HFD provides 24-hour coverage, 365 days a year, all fully staffed by professional volunteers at no cost to our residents. For more information, visit www.hicksvillefd.com.