13th Precinct remembers 9/11 on 15th anniversary

Officers of Emergency Service Truck #1, the 13th Precinct, the K9 unit and NYPD retirees who returned for the WTC Remembrance Ceremony along with Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison in front of the 13th Precinct on East 21st Street (Photo by William Baker/Courtesy of the PBA of the NYPD)

Officers of Emergency Service Truck #1, the 13th Precinct, the K9 unit and NYPD retirees who returned for the WTC Remembrance Ceremony along with Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison in front of the 13th Precinct on East 21st Street (Photo by William Baker/Courtesy of the PBA of the NYPD)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Officers of the 13th Precinct and residents of Gramercy commemorated the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center this past Sunday.

Officers gathered outside the precinct at 8:30 a.m. and observed a moment of silence at 8:46, the time that the first plane collided with the north tower.

Calvary Church on East 21st Street hosted one service at 11 a.m. on the day of the anniversary and invited Arlene Harrison, president of the Gramercy Park Block Association, to speak about the parish’s partnership with the community in the days and weeks following the attacks.

“The year that followed was a year of great courage, great patriotism, great love and great sorrow,” Harrison said. “It was a year of endless funerals, endless memorials, and endless tears. In our neighborhood it seemed that everyone we talked to had been touched personally by this senseless act of terrorism, either directly or through the loss of a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, a business associate.”

The NYPD and members of the community in front of the 13th Precinct on Sunday (Photo by William Baker/Courtesy of the PBA of the NYPD)

The NYPD and members of the community in front of the 13th Precinct on Sunday (Photo by William Baker/Courtesy of the PBA of the NYPD)

The GPBA, along with Calvary Church and Brotherhood Synagogue, had hosted a vigil and candlelight procession a few days following the tragedy. The block association also arranged for supplies that were needed at Ground Zero and Harrison coordinated with Reverend Tom Pike to use Calvary Church’s Anderson Hall to store the items.

“I vividly remember that at that time there was a Korean service going on here, and the congregants rushed outside to joined strangers who we were commandeering as they passed by to help us form a chain of people to pass hundreds of boxes of supplies from the tractor trailers into the church,” Harrison recalled. “To give you an idea, the supplies reached the ceiling of the Narthex before being transferred into Anderson Hall, and then down to the World Trade Center site.”

The GPBA had also organized a number of benefits and fundraisers for the families of local police officers in the months following, as well as planting a small remembrance garden that residents of the community continue to maintain and installing a photographic exhibit at the 13th Precinct.

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One thought on “13th Precinct remembers 9/11 on 15th anniversary

  1. The word “collided” sounds innocent and inappropriate in this instance, as if ramming the planes into the buildings were accidental and not on purpose.

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