Roll call of those lost on Sept. 11 read aloud at Staten Island University Hospital
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 2:43 PM Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 2:43 PM
Staten Island University Hospital staff have a moment of silence at the Staten Island University Hospital 911 eleventh anniversary ceremony. (Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Heads were bowed, hands were clasped and firefighters stood tall as the roll call of those lost on Sept. 11 was read aloud Tuesday at Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.
"On a peaceful morning like this, it is easy to feel that all is right with the world," said hospital president and CEO Anthony Ferreri, standing before a memorial wall where the names of the fallen are etched in stone.
"We felt this way on a beautiful cloudless morning 11 years ago. And then our world changed as the blue sky over lower Manhattan and the North Shore of Staten Island turned black with terror. On that day, we vowed never to forget."
Memorial wreaths were placed to recall two members of the hospital family: Firefighter Faustino Apostol Jr., who worked security there, and Firefighter Joseph Maffeo, whose namesake foundation benefits the children's program.
A smaller service was held at the Prince's Bay campus, where approximately 70 employees wearing American flag pins gathered in tribute.
This year's service took on an especially poignant moment as they reflected on the loss of one of their own -- paramedic David Restuccio who was killed last month when his ambulance was struck by a car.
Restuccio, who was a lieutenant with the city Fire Department until 2006, was among the first responders at Ground Zero.
"David will live in our hearts and minds not only as a true professional, but as a true hero," said Dr. Theodore Strange, an internist and hospital vice president of operations.