Eastwood (WSYR-TV) -- In Eastwood, among the men and women in Uniform commemorating the attacks on 9/11 were two New York City firefighters who chose to spend this meaningful anniversary at Sheridan Park.
This is the first time in 11 years that first responders Ken Harring and John DiSalvo aren’t where it all began, at Ground Zero. When the second tower collapsed DiSalvo’s company was there and not long after he too was helping to put out underground fires burning where the Twin Towers once stood. Now, time has passed, but the memories have not.
“I had just left the firehouse and I heard it on the radio and I turned around and worked there for six days, working on the pile and at the house, everyone did it,” 9/11 First Responder Ken Harring said.
“We’ll never forget it, that picture sticks in my mind. When I go back to that day I always remember what was there at that time and it’s hard to remember what used to be there,” said another First Responder John DiSalvo.
“We lost a lot of people, first responders, it’s in my heart, it’s just hard to forget,” said Retired Deputy Chief Thomas Laun. “For me, it never changes. It’s there everyday. This is just a special day to remember.”
The Syracuse Firefighters Union plans to take over the ceremony in years to come. They say it’s on their calendar, now and forever.