Join the Peekskill Fire and Police Departments for a special memorial service commemorating the lives lost on September 11, 2011, tonight at 6:35 p.m. at the Peekskill Fire Department Heroes Remembered Memorial at Riverfront Green Park.
The ceremony will pay special tribute to FDNY Captain Sam Oitice who also served his hometown as a Peekskill volunteer firefighter, and was killed at the World Trade Center in 2001. Also being remembered tonight is Retired Peekskill Police Detective Charlie Wassil who passed away in May following a prolonged respiratory illness related to his rescue efforts at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the attacks.
If you come:
· The service will begin at 6:35 p.m.
· Hear remarks from Peekskill’s police and fire officials and a tribute from Mayor Mary Foster
· Witness a moving tribute from the Port Authority Pipes & Drums corps
· Meet members of the FDNY who live in Peekskill
· Join the Peekskill Fire Department as they lay seven wreaths to commemorate the seven branches of emergency services
“Because of Sam [Oitice] we had a special relationship with Ladder 4 in the New York City,” Jim Howard, Deputy Chief, Peekskill Fire Department, an organizer of tonight’s service, explains. “Their guys would come up here for picnics and we’d go down there to hang out with them. We all became good friends. It’s why you’ll see 15 names on the memorial,” he added.