‘You’re not alone.’ Victims of 9/11-related illnesses honored at Nesconset ceremony
A ceremony was held in Nesconset Saturday to honor those lost due to 9/11-releated illnesses.
The names of 295 people were read aloud and added to the memorial wall at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park. They join the 1,800 names already on it.
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John Feal, an advocate for 9/11 responders and their families, says this was the largest addition since the memorial was constructed, and he fears it will only get bigger.
“We are going to add two more walls here,” Feal says. “What took 10 years to fill one side, will take only four to six years to fill this side.”
Phil Alvarez attended the event to honor his brother, former NYPD Detective Lou Alvarez, of Oceanside. Lou Alvarez helped lead the fight for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
Emma Perlungher's father Mathew was just added to the wall. The 50-year-old Nassau County police officer died last month of a 9/11-related cancer.
“…You're not alone, you have a family who feels exactly the way you feel, and that's a beautiful thing to be a part of,” Perlungher says.
Among the names on the wall are also construction workers, taxi drivers and journalists