Twenty years later still like yesterday

A local 9-11 memorial ceremony last Saturday started with a procession of a color guard of the combined Niverville, Kinderhook and Valatie fire companies. They marched from the Ichabod Crane primary school parking lot to the Volunteers Park on State Farm Road. Also in the procession were police agencies, rescue squads including a LifeNet helicopter flyover, the American Legion, and area boy and girl scout troops. Retired Port Authority Police Chief Jerry Matthews recounted his experience as he assisted with the rescue efforts at a CUNY building near the Twin Towers site September 11, 2001. Other guest speakers included: Jeff Cox of Old Chatham who, as an environmental Conservation Officer, was a first responder on the morning of the attack and worked at Ground Zero for six months; and Susan Massarella, of Copake, who was on the 72nd floor of 1 World Trade Center working for the Port Authority when the plane hit the building. Photo by David Lee

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