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On Friday, September 11, 19 years to the day her son, Firefighter Richie Allen, perished while trying to save others in the World Trade Center, Gail Allen woke up to a tribute like none other to her heroic son.
Nearly 350 flags decorated the entire front lawn of her Beach 130th home; 343 for the firefighters who died that day, plus a few more for some other locals who died, like Charlie Heeran, who had worked in Cantor Fitzgerald. The flags contained the names of all. Richie Allen and Charlie
Nineteen years later, Rockaway hasn’t forgotten. With coronavirus scaling back this year’s 9/11 ceremony at Tribute Park, the ceremony was shorter, and the crowd was smaller, but the tribute was just as powerful.
With masks on, more than 50 people gathered at the newly-renovated Tribute Park on the morning of Friday, September 11 for the annual ceremony to remember those who died that day 19 years before.
Bagpipers led a procession of firefighters who unfolded and raised the American flag for
For firefighter Richie Allen, surfing was everything. On September 11, 2001, the hero lost his life, but his memory has lived on for the past 16 years with the Annual Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic. And even as the years pass, the event keeps getting bigger, showing that Richie Allen will never be forgotten.
On Sunday, September 13, crowds gathered on Beach 91st Street for the 16th Annual Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic. The usual surf contest for the kids was canceled due to
“Seein’ me and Julio down by the schoolyard”…and by Yankee stadium, the World Trade Center, the Coney Island parachute jump and even Rockaway. Julio has done more traveling around New York City than most people during the coronavirus pandemic. But he doesn’t have much to say about it. After all, Julio is a mannequin. So we let his buddy, photographer Rich Scarpitta do most of the talking when he stopped by the Rockaway Times office to let us know about Julio’s masked adventures around the