Hundreds came out Friday to remember the courage and sacrifice of the 19 men from Squad 288 and Hazmat 1 in Maspeth who fell on Sept. 11, 2001, and to embrace those left behind. The two Maspeth companies, housed together on 68th Street, suffered the single largest loss of life of any firehouse in the city on that day.
The 10th annual ceremony, at Maspeth Memorial Park, was one of many held across Queens — as well as the rest of the city — on or around the anniversary. Check back here on Thursday or see this week’s print editions for complete coverage of the events in this borough.
The Maspeth commemoration featured an addition to the neighborhood’s 9/11 monument. One new wing on the memorial now houses twisted steel from the World Trade Center site. The other displays helmets of firefighters on the USS Wyoming, which patrolled New York Harbor in the months following the attacks on the World Trade Center.
The additions were sponsored by Maspeth Federal Savings and Maspeth’s United Veterans and Fraternal Organizations. The memorial also honors four other firefighters and two civilians killed on 9/11 who were residents of Maspeth.
“This was very hard for me,” said Cathy Mazzotta whose daughter, Jennifer, died in the North Tower, where she worked for Cantor Fitzgerald.
Jennifer’s great aunt, Margaret Scaturo, also attended, wearing a T-shirt adorned with her picture.
“I can’t stand Septembers,” Mazzotta said. “And then you come into the holidays, like Christmas. It never goes away. We’ll go into the city sometimes and go to the family room, but I won’t be going in on Sunday. That would be too tough.”