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9/11 anniversary: New York remembers

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Crystal Thielkien
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« on: September 11, 2011, 07:50:24 pm »

Global sympathy

Across the bridge from Lower Manhattan, the borough of Brooklyn may not bear the scars of 9/11 but it feels the pain just as deeply.

Many of the people who died lived in the borough, especially within the firefighting community. Red Hook's Engine 279 lost five men that day, and five fire jackets bearing their names still hang on the wall.

Just a few blocks away, Engine 202 has seven helmets in a glass cabinet, one for each of the men who left the station that day to attend to an emergency in Manhattan and never returned.



British policemen at a remembrance service in Brooklyn 67 British citizens were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center

"Three companies in this area lost all their men that day, and the loss is still felt today," says Engine 202's chief officer Ed O'Donnell.

"There's a danger with the job, absolutely, and some of the guys feel it. We're like a family so when you lose one, it's like losing a brother."

Heading north from Red Hook and into Carroll Gardens, the sound of a British brass band fills the air. It's not something you hear every Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.

An annual street party for 9/11 was under way, thrown by the residents of 3rd Street and attended by more than 100 British police officers, including the members of the West Yorkshire Police Band.
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