In The Spotlight
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