9/11 First Responders Monument Vandalized in New York, Police Seek Information About the Culprit

A memorial for 9/11 first responders was vandalized in New York on Tuesday.

The memorial, installed on Long Pier in Geneva on Seneca Lake in September of 2016, is “in memory and in honor of those who serve and protect our great country.”

The vandal used white spray paint to cross out both the image on the granite memorial and the inscription, including the phrase “God Bless America.”

“It brings it all back to us when more attention is played onto it by people doing damaging things, saying damaging things, it makes it a lot harder,” 9/11 first responder Andrew Stromfeld told Rochester First.

The defacement has since been cleaned up, but the City of Geneva Police Department is seeking leads about who may have been behind this disgusting act.

 

Assistant City Manager Adam Blowers has said that they are determined to find the culprit.

“To see something like that is really tough because you know those people you see those people everyone day the firefighters the police officers EMTs all those first responders and to have the work that they do be treated that way is sort of unfortunate,” Blowers told Rochester First.

Every year, Geneva hosts a remembrance ceremony on Long Pier in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terror attacks. They open the ceremony with someone playing “Striking of the Four Fives” on a bell before going into the “Star Spangled Banner.” It is patriotism at its finest.

The memorial was a gift from city resident Ralph Fratto on the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.


Speaking at the memorial during the 2017 ceremony, Assemblyman Brian Kolb discussed how the events of 9/11 rise above any partisan divide.

“There are those who want to destroy our way of life,” said Kolb. “We have to remember that we need to stick together. This is our country.”

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