It’s been seven years since 9/11, and the city’s firefighters still come here, to Firemen’s Memorial on 100th St. and Riverside. The Ground Zero memorial is restricted to those from FDNY 343 and their family members.

“It’s sad that an event like this has to bring us all out,” said Officer Pat McNeely, from Ottawa, explaining that the force comes together when someone dies in the line of duty.  “Word always travels really fast in this job. Someone somewhere in the city always has the pulse on some other department.” 

Hundreds of blue-suited firemen gathered, talking in low voices, with bagpipe strains in the background.

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