CHATHAM, NJ - Todd Ferrie is a member of the Firefighter McPadden Pipes & Drums band, named in honor of fireman Robert McPadden, who lost his life in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
"We were in the same band when I was younger," Ferrie said.
Chatham resident Ferrie played his bagpipes on his own on Monday night, performing "Amazing Grace" as the bell was rung for each of the 13 Chatham residents to lose their lives in the 9-11 attack. The remembrance ceremony was held at the Chatham Borough Memorial on the 16th anniversary
Chatham High freshman Christine Purschke sang "God Bless America" and "Make Me A Channel of Your Peace" and Rabbi Shalom Lubin, Morris County executive director of Chabad serving Madison and Chatham, was the featured speaker.
Christine Purschke sings "God Bless America" at 9-11 remembrance ceremony
The Chatham residents who will be remembered during the 9/11 Memorial are: Donald L. Adams, Dennis Buckley, Paul S. Gilbey, Gary R. Haag, Anthony P. Infante Jr.; Robin B. Larkey, Christian H. Maltby, Philip W. Mastrandrea, Peter C. Moutos, Thomas Strada, Kenneth J. Swenson, William R. Tieste and Peter M. West.
While Ferrie played "Amazing Grace" on his bagpipes, the bell was rung and each Chatham resident lost on 9-11 was named by the boy scouts and girls scouts. Flowers were placed at each person's memorial plaque.