They volunteer and save lives, and now, firefighters on Long Island have asked communities to upgrade old, out-of-date firehouses.
Many of those who attended the ceremony wrote messages and names of 9/11 victims on a 35-foot panorama of the New York City skyline.
One town on Long Island has a taken a big leap into the green movement.
Residents in coastal areas of Long Island are being told to evacuate their homes as Hurricane Irene makes its way up the East Coast.
On a day like this, you could stand for hours admiring the beauty of the water off Point Lookout, Long Island. But erosion has threatened the large homes that line the beachfront.