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Thomas M. Butler - 9 -11 Memorial Photos

Kings Park Bluff was the scene of a 9/11 ceremony Sunday afternoon.  Click here to view photos of the Thomas M. Butler 9/11 Memorial Ceremony.  

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Department of Defense - September - Loss Of American Lives

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

     Spc. Christopher J. Scott, 21, of Tyrone, N.Y., died Sept. 3 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.    

Pfc. Christophe J. Marquis, 40, of Tampa, Fla., died Sept. 4 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany,of injuries sustained Aug. 27 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Department of the Navy civilian who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

James W. Coker, 59, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., was pronounced dead Sept. 5 in Kabul, Afghanistan, while on temporary assignment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Coker worked for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.

The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation New Dawn.

Cmdr. James K. Crawford, 50, of East Concord, N.Y., died Sept. 7, as a result of a non-combat related incident in Manama, Bahrain.  Crawford was assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, supporting operations at the Combined Maritime Forces Coalition Coordination Center at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.

An investigation is in progress.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device Sept. 8 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Killed were:

Spc. Koran P. Contreras, 21, of Lawndale, Calif.

Pfc. Douglas J. Jeffries Jr., 20, of Springville, Calif.

 The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

     Petty Officer Brian K. Lundy, 25, of Austin, Texas, died while conducting a dismounted patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 9. Lundy was assigned as a hospital corpsman to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

     They died Sept. 9 in Paktia, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 279 Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa, Okla.

     Killed were:

     Sgt. Bret D. Isenhower, 26, of Lamar, Okla.,

     Spc. Christopher D. Horton, 26, of Collinsville, Okla., and

     Pfc. Tony J. Potter Jr., 20, of Okmulgee, Okla.





First Responders Memorial In Nesconset Unveiled

Two years ago a group of first responders, first responder widows and community members envisioned a memorial dedicated to the first responders who succumbed to 9/11 related illnesses.

Today, for the first time, in our great country, we have a place for all those responders to call home. This memorial will be a place where Police Officers, Fire Fighters, EMS and volunteers to name a few can all be honored together and where their loved ones can come to reflect on their great sacrifice to America.

Today continues our journey. Our work is not done. As a committee, we stand very proud. In creating this memorial we exude the same pride every American citizen displayed responding on September 11th, 2001 and the weeks and months thereafter. We have overcome Irene and an earthquake; torrential rains and frustrating days; and hurdles and obstacles we never imagined.

We have toiled on this very soil putting our blood, sweat and tears to make this very day possible…and now we are here.

While tomorrow we reflect on the horrific events that occurred ten years ago, take solace that you and your loved ones will never be forgotten.

And to all my brother and sister first responders that we have lost, we miss you, we love you and we will always remember you.

In closing to them:

Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean we’ll miss you. 
Until we meet again.

God Bless you all and God Bless the United States of America.

Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr.

September 10, 2011

9/11 Responders Remembered Unveiling



9 - 11 Editorial

This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of  9-11.  It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since we experienced the horror of watching airplanes filled with everyday people turned into weapons of destruction.    We can all remember the pain and anger we felt upon learning about the death of so many innocent people. We can remember the outrage we felt upon learning that there were extremists who under the guise of religion, slaughtered innocent people here in America.

The world changed ten years ago.  Security at airports, train and bus stations, even bridges and tunnels, is a visible change that although important, inconveniences travelers.  Security in our public spaces, and where people gather, has been increased.  But there have been other more subtle changes as well.  Many Americans express a feeling of vulnerability and loss of innocence.

Our challenge, as witnesses and survivors of that day, is to find an appropriate way to honor the memory of those who died on 9 -11 and those who have died since due to illnesses and injury related to 9 -11. Commemorating the day by participating in a service and creating memorials is one way to honor victims.  Another equally important way to honor their memory is to live life and treat each day and the people in our lives as the wonderful gifts they are. 




Congratulations - Stephanie Sheehan - Northeast 10 Rookie Of The Week - Volleyball

#12 - Stephanie Sheehan


Position: OH
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
High School: St. Anthony’s
Height: 6-0
Major: Elementary Education


Personal/ High School – Born January 12, 1993…daughter of Mike and Teri Sheehan…has one sibling, Michael…three time league champion and two time state champion at St. Anthony’s high school…received the spirit award as a junior…led her team to an undefeated record as a junior and senior…was named to the All-State team as a senior…recipient of the sportsmanship award during her senior campaign…elementary education major at Merrimack.


Stephanie Sheehan, Merrimack (Fr., OH, Smithtown, N.Y.) - In her first two career matches, Sheehan picked up 32 kills (19 against Saint Anselm, 13 against Mercy) and a double-double on 13 kills and 10 digs against Mercy. She hit .319 in two matches and averaged 3.56 kills per set.

northeast-10 LIbero oF the week

northeast-10 setter oF the week

Last week’s resULts