With candlelights, a somber roll call and bagpipes providing a mournful and familiar score, the firefighters of North Massapequa on Sunday paid tribute to the deaths of nearly 150 department members since its founding in 1934.
The memorial service is an annual department tradition usually observed around Memorial Day. This year, the more than 75 volunteer department firefighters, joined by community members, also honored victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with North Massapequa roots.
The fire department typically hosts separate ceremonies but decided to combine them for the first time this year, Chief Fred Ferrara said.
“We’re remembering our members that have passed and reflecting on the victims of 9/11 at the same time,” Ferrara said.
The fire department has 146 members who died during their active service — but not in the line of duty — since its inception.
Firefighters said about a half-dozen members of the North Massapequa community died after al Qaida terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jets 16-years ago today.
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