By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Officers and members of the community commemorated the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center this past Monday morning outside the 13th precinct on East 21st Street.
Manhattan South Trustee of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association John Flynn read the names of the 23 officers who perished at Ground Zero, including Officers Robert Fazio and Moira Smith of the 13th Precinct. Officer Jason Martinoff, who sang the national anthem at the start of the ceremony, introduced Gramercy Park Block Association president Arlene Harrison, who supported the precinct and community in the weeks and months following the attack.
“As Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Hurricane Irma slams Florida, our first responders, many from our Emergency Service here, rushed in to save lives while millions fled,” Harrison said. “On 9/11, as our first responders raced into burning buildings as thousands fled, the headline flashed around the world, ‘They saved everyone but themselves.’ We were here to support you then during the many months of the recovery serving thousands of meals and distributing critical supplies. Out of evil, sometimes comes good, and the bonds formed then became permanent.”