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Good morning: 

My name is Tanya Newton and I am an active Firefighter with the Pattenburg Volunteer Fire Company in Pattenburg, NJ. On November 17th myself and  several other Firefighters stood outside of a local convenience store and collected money for the families of the brave men and women lost on September 11, 2001. While the amount we collected may seem insignificant to many, to us it is our way of showing our support and the support of our community to the FDNY. We collected approximately $455.00 and I would like to contact someone at Ladder 3 so that I can drop the check off to them personally and thank them for all they have done for our country and for the fire service.

The guys on my department would also like me to give Mike Moran a great big old hug for his words and actions during the Concert for NYC. He said the things we were all thinking and forever endeared us to him. I was hoping that you might have a phone number for the station that I could call to find out what day would be best for me to take them the check we have. We certainly hope that the station and/or families can use the money in a way they see fit. Thank you very much. Take care and have a wonderful holiday. 

Tanya Newton 
Active Firefighter/EMT 
Engineer First Due Engine 25-63 
Pattenburg Volunteer Fire Company 
Station 25 Fire 




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Ladder Company 3 in the News

It has been three months now, and Richard Burban still comes to the fire station expecting to see their faces.

Capt. Patrick Brown. Lt. Kevin Donnelly. Firefighter John McAvoy.

But they, and nine others from Ladder Company 3 in New York City, never come. They were lost in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, leaving behind the grieving faces of their 15 remaining comrades. The faces make up a photo exhibit on the third floor of the Portland Museum of Art.

“Everybody hurts,” said Burban as he stood in front of the picture of himself, staring back. “The whole country is hurting. It’s not just us.”

Whether it was a chance to hurt or honor, nearly 3,000 people came to the museum Tuesday night to take part in the official and emotional opening of the photo exhibit of the members of Ladder Company 3.

The pictures were taken by Jack Montgomery of Portland, who spent time with the Greenwich Village company in October, capturing the faces of the men who lost so many of their brethren when terrorists attacked America. The exhibit runs until Dec. 30.

Burban and eight of his fellow firefighters came for the opening, which served as a chance for Mainers to memorialize the firefighters who died and cheer those who lived.

“It takes a situation like this for the rest of us to realize the incredible service these people provide,” said Maggie Raymond of South Berwick, who shook Burban’s hand and thanked him for just being him. “The human connection between the people who are immediately affected as he is and the rest of us, I think, is really important.”

Firefighters from Portland marched down Congress Street from the Bramhall Station in formal dress, accompanied by bagpipes and flags, as their way of showing support Tuesday night.

The firefighters from Portland’s Ladder Company 3 have been personally affected by the death of the New York City firefighters. They have attended funerals for men they never met. They have raised nearly $7,000 for Ladder Company 3, their New York counterpart, and more is yet to come. They passed around boots for donations during the opening Tuesday and plan to continue fund raising. Montgomery also plans to use the exhibit as a fund-raiser.

“What they’re trying to do is take care of the families,” said Keith Gautreau, a firefighter with Portland’s Ladder Company 3. “What we’re trying to do is help make that happen.”

Lt. David Jackson said more than 75 Portland firefighters marched in the parade as a way of showing support. “It’s a big deal for them to come up,” he said. “We’re looking for nothing more than spending some time with them and help with the healing process.”

But it seemed the presence of the New York City firefighters helped Portland heal as well.

People erupted into explosive applause when the firefighters arrived and wept openly, loudly, during the opening ceremony as Lt. Ray Trinkle of FDNY read the names of his fallen comrades.

“We will carry on,” Trinkle told the crowd. “We look for their faces in the crowd and we see their faces in Portland right now. Their loss is not in vain. They have united our country.”

The word “hero” was used often during the ceremony—where the men were given the key to the city and teddy bears for the families back in New York.

Rita Mooney of Portland said that “hero” label applies to every firefighter in America, not just those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.

“Every time they save a child, rescue an old person,” she said. “Any time they go in the door when they’re called, they’re heroes.”

He was in a fog, coming off a 24-hour shift, he said, when he stood for the camera portrait—arms crossed, eyes wide.

Neither he nor any of his comrades are smiling.

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