Written by Emily Cappiello, Hicksville@AntonNews.com Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
It’s been 12 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, but no matter how many years have passed, it is a day that Americans will remember forever. To honor the fallen members of the Hicksville community, as well as the first responders who lost their lives trying to rescue civilians, friends and family of those who were lost on that day gathered together with the Hicksville Fire Department to pay tribute. A special tribute was given to George Howard, ex-captain of the Hicksville Fire Department who was with Emergency Company 5, and Terrence Farrell, ex-chief of the department who was also with Citizens Engine Company 3.
With American pride on full display as a large flag hung over the firehouse as well as a sea of American Flags on the lawn to honor the 411 first responders that were lost in the terrorism attack, the event kicked off with a procession by the New York Metro Pipe Band and the Hicksville Color Guard. Nick Brigandi, Honorary Chief of the Hicksville Fire Department, led the pledge of allegiance followed by Erica Fuentes singing the national anthem.
“We’ve come here on this solemn day to pay our respects to those who were lost and to never forget the tragedy of September 11th,” said Karl Schweitzer, ex-chief and chair of the program. “The events of that day will never be forgotten. September 11th changed the world. We will never forget our fallen brothers. Their deaths, like their lives, will have meaning,” he said.
“Although we are reminded of the sadness, we are also reminded of how we came together and how we would not be defeated,” said Christopher Moskos, chief of the department. “We learned to take nothing for granted and to count our blessings.”
Schweitzer said that the memorial outside of the Hicksville Fire Station was established to provide the community with a place of solace in which they could come to mourn the local victims of the terror attacks. While bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” in the background, wreaths honoring Howard and Farrell were placed on either side of the memorial.
A solemn salute was held as Taps played in the background. After the wreaths were placed, all of the members of the fire department paid their respects with a salute at the memorial.
In addition to Farrell and Howard, the department also made sure to honor those lost from the Hicksville community. As a bell was rung for each of the nine residents who died in the World Trade Center attacks as a biography was read about each one, emotions ran high and many attendees were reduced to tears. The community members were then invited up to place red, white and blue carnations in front of it to honor those close to them who were killed on that September morning.
“We must never forget that happened that day. We must also honor all of those who perished fighting for our freedom in the War on Terror,” Schweitzer concluded.
The following are the Hicksville residents who died tragically on 9/11:
Nancy Bueche – Nancy worked for Aon Corp on the 102nd floor of Tower Two. She grew up in Richmond Hill and moved to Hicksville and leaves behind a daughter Bridget.
Mark Colaio - Mark worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. He leaves behind his wife, June, a daughter Delaney and his son Joseph.
Stephen Colaio – Mark’s Brother Stephen also worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. He leaves behind his mother, father and sister.
Thomas Pedicini – Thomas was Stephen and Mark Colaio’s brother-in-law and also worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. Thomas leaves behind his mother and father.
Gilbert Granados - Gilbert worked for Aon Corp on the 98th floor of Tower Two. He also served as a reservist, Lieutenant Commander in the United States Coast Guard for 20 years and was an Operation Desert Storm Veteran. Gilbert moved from East Los Angeles to Hicksville while attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He leaves behind his wife, Teresa and two daughters; Kathleen and Maureen.
Steven Policino – Steve worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th Floor of the World Trade Center, north tower. He graduated from Hicksville High School and after his marriage to Jane they moved to Plainview. He leaves behind a daughter Celeste and a son, Steven.
Kenneth Rice III - Kenneth worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 96th floor of Tower One and lived in Hicksville. He leaves behind a mother, father and two brothers.
Brian Terrenzi - Brian worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of Tower One and lived in Hicksville. He leaves behind a daughter Elizabeth Brian who was born 3 months after September 11, 2001.
Walter Weaver - Walter was New York City Police Department officer serving in Emergency Services Unit Truck 3 located out of the Bronx. He became a New York City police officer in 1992 and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. Walter leaves behind his mother, father and two brothers.