Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00
As noted in last week’s issue of The Massapequan Observer, the Village of Massapequa Park will hold a special 10th anniversary remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks this Sunday at 7 p.m. at Brady Park, located on Lake Shore Drive.
The candlelight vigil will remember all the victims of 9-11, but as it falls on the 10th anniversary, it will be an especially melancholy event, made even more so by the number of local residents who lost their lives on that day.
Few villages in Nassau County suffered as much as Massapequa. There were 17 men who either were residents or natives of the village who perished on that day.
The men of Massapequa who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 are: George Cain, James J. Carson, Jr., Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Michael Healey, Thomas Haskell, Jr., Ronald Hoerner, Michael Iken, Anthony Jovic, Lester V. Marino, Henry Miller, Jr., Michael O’Brien, Michael Pascuma, Timothy Alan Roy, Sr., Frank G. Schott, Christopher R. Sullivan, David Wiswall, and Andrew Zucker. On July 15, 2011, Massapequa resident and FDNY member Steven C. Mosiello died of esophageal cancer. On Sept. 11, 2001, Mosiello was at the World Trade Center, serving as an aide to fellow FDNY member, Peter J. Ganci, Jr.
Each life has a story to tell. Peter J. Ganci, Jr. was Chief of Department, the highest-ranking uniformed fire officer in the FDNY, a position he had served in since 1998. A Vietnam War veteran, Ganci served in the famed 82nd Airborne Division in that conflict.
After his death, the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, a nation in Central Asia, was renamed as Ganci Air Base. In 2003, the post office on Main Street in Farmingdale was named for him. Ganci was survived by his wife and three children. His two sons both are members of the FDNY. One of them, Chris, wrote and published Chief: The Life of Peter J. Ganci, A New York City Firefighter, a well-received book that was written for young readers.
George Cain was a native of Massapequa and a resident of Paterson, NJ. He was a member of the NYFD, stationed at Ladder 7 in Manhattan.
James J. Carson, Jr. was employed by Cantor Fitzgerald. At the time of 9-11, his wife was pregnant with the couple’s son.
Michael Healey was a member of the NYFD, stationed at Fire Squad 41 in The Bronx. He left behind a wife and three children.
Thomas Haskell, Jr. was a Battalion Chief of Ladder Co. 132 in Brooklyn. He was captain at the time of Sept. 11, 2001, and was promoted, posthumously, to Battalion Chief. He left behind a wife and three daughters.
Ronald Hoerner was the director of security for Summit Security. He formerly worked as a Long Island Parkway police officer. He left behind a wife and three stepchildren and six step-grandchildren.
Michael Iken worked for Euro Brokers. A native of Massapequa, he was a resident of Riverdale. According to published reports, Iken stayed behind in the World Trade Center to assist injured colleagues.
Anthony Jovic was a member of the FDNY, stationed at Engine Co. 279 in Red Hook, Brooklyn. A native of Manhattan’s famed Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, he left behind a wife and two sons.
Lester Marino was part of the World Trade Center right from its opening in April 1973. His employment with Forest Electric led him to jobs at the WTC on a constant basis. On 9-11, he was working at an assignment at Cantor Fitzgerald.
Michael O’Brien worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. A native of Massapequa, he was a resident of Cedar Knoll, NJ. He left behind a wife and three children.
Michael J. Pascuma Jr. had, along with his father, founded and operated his own Wall Street firm, M.J.P. Securities before it merged with another firm. He left behind a wife and three children.
Timothy Alan Roy, Sr. was a sergeant for the NYPD’s bus squad. He had three brothers who all worked for the FDNY and another brother in the NYPD. He left behind a wife and three children.
Frank G. Schott worked for Marsh & McLennan. He left behind a wife and three children.
Christopher R. Sullivan was a member of the FDNY, stationed at Ladder 11 and Engine Co. 214 in Brooklyn. He left behind a wife and two sons.
David Wiswall worked for Aon Corp. According to published reports, Wiswall also assisted injured colleagues during the terrorist attacks, holding open a door on the 105th floor of Tower Two. He left behind a wife and two children.
Andrew Zucker was a native of Massapequa and a resident of Riverdale. He worked for the law firm of Harris Beach LLP. Zucker had previously been a volunteer firefighter for the North Massapequa Fire Department. At the time of 9-11, his wife was pregnant with the couple’s son.
Stephen Mosiello was a Levittown native and an Air Force veteran who was stationed in Vietnam. After Ganci’s death, he remained an aide to Ganci’s replacement, Chief Daniel Nigro. He left behind a wife and four children, and one granddaughter.
The victims were more than employees at various financial firms and those in the service of fire companies and police departments. Many of them left behind wives and children, those already grown and some too young to remember. And 10 years later, the Village of Massapequa Park will once again remember them most earnestly.