We promised we would never forget those who lost their lives seven years ago today. They were our loved ones, our friends, our colleagues and our neighborsÂ —Â each one of them made an impact on our lives, each one had an incredible story to tell. In all, 87 people from Rockland, or who had ties to Rockland, perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
To honor them, I have prepared an interactive tribute that tells their stories as they were first reported in The Journal News seven years ago. In many cases, we also have original photographs as they were submitted to us in the days and weeks that followed.Â Those without photographs are remembered with a photo of the Rockland County Sept. 11 memorial.
This tribute gives you the chance to see who died from your local community, town or village, along with the 248 victims from the Hudson Valley.
You can view the tribute here: Sept. 11: A tribute to victims from the Hudson Valley.
There’s Welles Crowther, graduate of Nyack High School, the hero in the red bandanna who worked as an equity trader for Sandler-O’Neill & Partners.
And Andrew Fredericks from Suffern, an New York City firefighter who gained a national reputation as a lecturer on fire training. He and 24 other New York City firefighters from Rockland died that day.
Â Andrew Fredericks
And Janet Alonso of Stony Point who left a husband and two children.
And David Ortiz of Nanuet, a locksmith with the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey.
We will never forget their stories.
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