Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00
The Glen Cove Fire Department now has a piece of history in Pratt Park. Twelve years after the attacks on the twin towers, an artifact from the site has been created into a monument, dedicated to members of the Glen Cove Fire Department.
The section of a beam retrieved from the site was secured by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce two years ago, and Executive Director Phyllis Gorham had been coordinating the creation of the beam into an outdoor sculpture for all to admire and reflect on ever since.
“This is to commemorate those who risk their lives every day to do their jobs,” said Gorham.
Gorham said she enlisted the help of Anthony Tripp, then the fire chief, who was instrumental in getting the beam delivered to Tom Molloy of Tom’s Lawnmower Service in Glen Head. Molloy put his creativity in motion to design the beam into artwork worthy to both commemorate the 9/11 event and to honor those who continue to put their lives on the line as firefighters. Molloy worked diligently on his design and voluntarily devoted much of his time making sure his vision was accurately portrayed. In turn, the sculpture required a monument in which it would be placed. The base was donated by Maggie and Hugh Tanchuck, owners of North Shore Monument in Brookville and is the finishing touch for this magnificent monument.
Gorham thanked everyone for their contributions, noting that it only took “one phone call” to get the Tanchuks on board.
“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Maggie Tanchuk. “We were thinking about the heroes of this community.”
The evening’s program included prayers from local clergy, a dedication of the monument by Gorham and Mary Stanco, president of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, the singing of the National Anthem by Sabrina Ali, and a Blessing of
First Responders by Rev. John Burns, the chaplain of the GCVFD, from Community Gospel Church. Michael Mienko, a member of the GCVFD, played Taps bagpiper Robert Lynch played “Amazing Grace.” Anthony Tripp was the Master of Ceremonies.
“The memories of this day are never far from our hearts or minds,” said Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. “There are some who believe this belongs in history but we will never forget. We are here today as human beings, as Americans, to remember the sacrifice of others.”
Chief Bobby Marino spoke about the dedication of the members of the fire department, and how they all spent a lot of time at Ground Zero. “Remember, we all helped in any way we could, and remember those who perished.”
“This time of year is about forgiveness (in Judaism)...but it’s hard, even 12 years later. Will we forgive if we ever get an apology? God bless those who have perished and let us, in their memory, choose life,” said Rabbi Irwin Huberman, from Congregation Tifereth Israel.
“Surely we honor the fallen more truly when we come together,” said Rev. Betsy Simpson from the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove. “We must not allow that day to destroy us or define us.”
Glen Cove’s Poet Laureate Victoria Crosby read a poem that she wrote titled “A Tribute To Heroes.”
“No one sets out to be a hero,” she read. “They do what has to be done.”