Updated 09/11/2012 02:19 PM
Greece Remembers and Honors First Responders
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It was 11 years ago, but firefighters say they don't want to forget.
Neither does a Greece woman who lost her brother in the attacks. Nora Coco sat with firefighters, police officers and town leaders Tuesday at the Ridge Rd. Fire Department in Greece for a ceremony to mark the day when so many lost their lives.
Coco's brother, New York City fire Lieutenant Joseph Leavey, was on the 78th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed. Leavey’s remains were identified in the rubble seven weeks later.
"It still hurts," said Coco. "It doesn't take much. Just watching the news, seeing the crushed firefighters' helmets brings me back and thinking of my brother and what he did and where he was when he died. I know what he did was for service of others without a doubt."
Organizers say these ceremonies should serve as a tribute not only to those who died that day, but those who continue to serve today.
"Remember to say thank you to them everyday when you see them. They're the people responding at 3 o'clock in the morning when you dial 911, whether to a fire call or police call or you're having heart attack. Those people are up and willing to serve, serve the people they don't even know, willing to give their life for people they don't even know. How can we stop saying thank you to those people?" said Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter.
A piece of steel from the south tower is now part of a permanent memorial at the Ridge Rd. Fire Dept. on Long Pond Road.