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Nassau County Remembers First Responders Lost On 9/11

People stream out of the first responders day ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

People stream out of the first responders day ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial – New York, NY – Dec 22, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - First responders from Long Island were remembered where they died today.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

At the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan, Nassau County Police Sgt. Daniel Portmore had a heavy heart as he looked at the names of his four friends who perished on 9/11.

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“This is the first time I was here. I was able to see the names of the four friends I lost. It was good to see their names because it shows that they are going to be around forever,” said Portmore.

This was Nassau County’s First Responders Day at the memorial, where friends and family members remembered those lost.

“Seeing the names, you are mindful that these were not just anonymous people. These were all human beings, just like the rest of us. They had moms. They had dads. They had brothers and sisters. They had children,” said Rev. Allan Ramirez.

Police chaplain Barry Schwartz said he tried to comfort the family and friends as they prayed and remembered their loved ones.

“One of the sources of comfort is just being together as human beings, as American citizens, as human beings,” he said.

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