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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In this week’s 50 People to Know, we share the story of Lee Ielpi.

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The retired FDNY firefighter founded the 9/11 Tribute Center in 2006, along with Jennifer Adams, after losing his son, Jonathan, in the attacks. He was 29 years old and married with two young sons.

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Ielpi spent months searching for the remains of his son and nearly 100 of his fallen friends.

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“We have an obligation – we meaning the public, worldwide – have an obligation to remember 9/11 and to use that as the catalyst to make tomorrow better,” he says. “If we fail doing that, we fail. So our mission is just that – education, enlightenment, understanding what happened.”

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The center not only teaches about the attacks, but how they changed the world.

You can find their full interview above.

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