UNION, NJ – Members of Union’s Fire and Police Departments, township officials and residents gathered in front of Fire Department headquarters on Wednesday morning in remembrance of the September 11 terror attack victims.
At 8:46, the exact time the first plane struck the World Trade Center, Police Director Dan Zieser read the names of the New York City Police Department men and woman and the Port Authority Police officers who lost their lives.
At 9:03, Fire Chief Michael Scanio and Battalion Chief Gregory Ricciardi read the names of the 343 New York City firefighters who died on that day.
“This is a day of remembrance for all of the fire and police personnel, family and friends, and colleagues that people lost 18 years ago,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort. “One of the things that we always have to remember is that this tragedy brings out a sense of community, a sense of alliance to others. It’s also a time for us to never forget about the trials that people go through and to always offer aid, assistance and care.”
Speaking about the suffering of first responders, Scanio said, “the men and woman from that day forward, who spent days, weeks and months down there looking for remains and digging through the pile and became sick because of it, it’s refreshing to know that we were able to get funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, so these people and their families will be taken care of.”
“To my guys here, the UFD guys, you make my job easy and I appreciate you every day," added Scanio.
“Yours is a real vocation,” said Union Fire Department Chaplain Father Charles McDermott. “It’s a way of life. It’s more than employment. You are very much appreciated by this township.”