Wednesday, September 12, 2018




Hundreds in Putnam County reflect on event that changed America forever

A granite memorial bears the names of Putnam's 9/11 victims

CARMEL – Putnam County’s annual September 11 candlelight vigil at Cornerstone Park in downtown Carmel attracted a huge crowd Tuesday evening to remember the county’s eight ‘heroes’ who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

A bell tolled after the name of each of the brave men was enumerated: Christopher Blackwell, George Cain, Danny Harlin, Thomas Kuveikis and Robert Minara – all members of the FDNY; Stephen Driscoll, a member of the NYPD; David Lawrence William Fodor, of Fiduciary Trust and George Paris of Cantor Fitzgerald.

The ceremony had added meaning this year when the names of seven men – all local residents who have passed away as a result of their actions in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, were also recited by Eric Gross.

The names are listed on a 375-pound granite monument and include former FDNY members Edward Tietjen and John Vaughan, both of Mahopac; Brewster residents Thomas Van Doran  of the FDNY and Glenn Bisogono of the Brewster FD; Thomas Kelly of the FDNY and Charles Flickinger of the Lake Carmel FD, both former residents of the Town of Kent.

This year, a new name was added to the list remembering the life of Inspector Donald Feser of Carmel, a 37-year career member of the NYPD.


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