Washingtonville, NY – The vandals who cut down a flag pole that honored 5 firefighters who died on 9-11 were described by firefighters as the “destroy everything and hate everyone culture.” A message that was scrawled on the 9-11 firefighter’s memorial was not released by police, citing the investigation.
The destroy everything & hate everyone culture has struck again last night as the Washingtonville NY Orange County 9/11 Memorial park was vandalized & AMERICAN FLAG CUT DOWN. These individuals obviously don't know what sacrificing everything to save a fellow human being really is pic.twitter.com/oUFdh3gWr2
— NYCFireWire (@NYCFireWire) July 8, 2020
The Times-Herald Record reported,
“The severed pole was discovered and reported early Wednesday morning. Washingtonville Police Chief Brian Zaccaro said the culprits used a tool to cut through the composite material at about four to five feet from the base, and scrawled a message in marker on the part of the pole that remained standing…
…The memorial includes a semi-circle of black granite monuments bearing the names of five local victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, all members of the New York City Fire Department: firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion Chief Dennis Devlin and Lt. Glenn Perry. Atop each stone is a replica of a firefighter’s helmet.
The somber, granite-and-brick tribute to the “Washingtonville Five” and the other 9/11 victims was completed on Sept. 7, 2002, in time for the first anniversary of their deaths.
Police say no parts of the memorial other than the flagpole were damaged.”
A $3,000 reward is being offered for information resulting in arrest. The village of Washingtonville will replace the flag pole, and since no surveillance footage was available, the Mayor said they may now look at placing cameras around the memorial.
Another vandalism of a sign for St Mary’s Parish about 1/2 mile away was also pushed down. The eagle fixture from the Firefighter’s Memorial flag pole was left on the ground at the scene of the St Mary’s sign damage.
Firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton, Gerry Nevins, Batallion Chief Dennis Devlin, and Lt. Glenn Perry ran toward danger on the day of September 11, 2001. Their memory, like those of others who died that day, is a stark reminder of real sacrifice. Saving the lives of others is a concept that the Marxist groups neither care about nor practice.
The village was raising money to build another memorial to those who died from illnesses related to toxic air they breathed while working to save lives in the rubble from 9-11.
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