Chatham Borough 911 Remebrance Ceremony held on 12th Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks

Chatham Borough firefighter Dan Smith, who designed the two 911 Memorials in Chatham, stands in front of Memorial Park piece after Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Dan Smith, a sheetmetal worker and a Chatham volunteer firefighter, wasn't sure how he was going to turn the donated steel from ground zero of the World Trade Center into a memorial.

"I went down to the DPW (Department of Public Works) garage to take a look at them," Smith said. "It had just rained and there were these doves drinking out of a puddle. When I pulled out in my truck, it scared them and they flew away. That's how I got the idea for what the memorial should be."

Smith was on hand Wednesday night for the 2013 Chatham Borough 911 Remembrance Ceremony, where his vision of white doves can be seen flying between the two pieces of steel designed to represent the World Trade Center at Memorial Park.

Sign Up for E-News

Smith, out of local 25 in Northern New Jersey and a Chatham resident, also designed the Reasoner Park Memorial.

The memorial on North Passaic Avenue has two I beams recovered from ground zero and are spaced 9 feet, 11 inches apart and the doves represent, "love, joy, hope and victory.."

There were 13 Chatham residents among the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and four of the families were represented on Wednesday in the ceremonies that included the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Boy Scouts of America Troop 8 and Cub Scout Troop 8; Rev. Robert J. Mitchell of St. Patrick's Church, Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris, ,and ringing of the bell for the lost lives.

"I was friends with Robin Larkey," Smith said. "I coached his kids in wrestling."

Those Chatham residents who died in the attack were: Donald Adams, 28; Dennis Buckley, 38; Paul S. Gibley, 39; Gary R. Haag, 36; Anthony P. Infante, 47; Robin Larkey, 48; Christian H. Maltby, 37; Philip W. Mastrandre, 42; Peter C. Moustos, 44; Thomas Strada, 41; Kenneth J. Swenson, 40; William R. Tieste, 54; Peter W. West, 54.

Douglas Allan, a member of the 911 Memorial Committee, pointed out that the memorials were built and maitained with private donations and volunteers. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Chatham 911 Memorial Foundation, PO Box 42, Chatham, NJ 07928.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, April 9 – Sunday, April 15, 2018


The program will be held on Thursdays, May 3 through June 21 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Registration required

For anyone wanting to improve their English language skills, we are starting our first ever ESL program.  The program will be conducted by Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Further sessions may be ...

Spending More Per Pupil Doesn’t Guarantee Additional or Enhanced Success

April 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

At the April 16th Board of Education meeting, Board member Sal Arnuk stated: “I am ashamed to see the district at the bottom of the list in per-pupil spending.”  On the contrary, Board member Arnuk should be exceedingly proud of how our Board of Education is able to consistently be ranked as the top school district in our state at the cost it currently spends per ...

Financial Planning for Recent College Graduates from Chatham Wealth Management

April 20, 2018


It’s that time of the year when many families are excitedly getting ready to attend their children’s college graduation. Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday that we were dropping them off for freshman year.

Well, time does pass quickly and now would be a really good time to give your graduating children some savings and investment advice. Below are a ...