A KILLARNEY councillor paid tribute to the New York Fire Department on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 disaster yesterday by wearing a special shirt gifted to him by some of the NYPD heroes.
Cllr Michael Gleeson was Mayor of Killarney on 11 September 2001 when the dreadful attacks on the World Trade Centre occurred, leading to the loss of 2,996 lives and a further 6,000 injuries.
In solidarity with the American people at the time, Mayor Gleeson contributed to a special commemorative Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney to remember and pray for the victim of the evil terror attacks and their families.
He later hosted a civic reception for firefighters from the Harlem Division on the NYPD who had travelled to Kerry in an attempt to recover from the trauma and to try to come to terms with the loss of many people near and dear to them, including life-long colleagues with 343 firefighters among the fallen.
“I am pleased to still have the NYPD long-sleeved shirt which they presented to me,” said Cllr Gleeson who wore it yesterday as a mark of respect to their fallen comrades.
“This date, 11 September, is forever deeply etched on the minds of all and particularly of the people of the United States of America,” he remarked.
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