Included with this article are more photos from the Jan. 25 ceremony in Bethpage, in which the Sons of Italy renamed The Aida Lodge in honor of Kathy Mazza, the Massapequa native and Port Authority police captain who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.
As noted in last week's The Massapequan Observer, Kathy and her colleagues made heroic efforts to help hundreds of people escape the World Trade Center on that tragic day.
In a scene that would make for a great movie sequence, Kathy, at one point, shot out a glass window that was causing a bottleneck in the lobby, thereby allowing many more people to escape with their lives.
The day celebrated Kathy's life and career, with talks and reminiscences from family members and fellow professionals. Among those speaking were several local dignitaries, including Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, TOB Councilwoman Rose Walker, Nassau County Legislator Edward Magnano, and New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.
"We often look outside for a role model, but there are many in our own back yard, like Kathy," Supervisor Venditto remarked. The lodge, he added, was only the latest honor for Captain Mazza. Several streets and a park in Massapequa have also been named in her honor.
Up to 267 people attended the ceremonies held at the Bethpage Senior Community Center, proving that all along with the new lodge, Kathy's example of unflinching heroism will live long in the minds and hearts of her fellow Massapequans.