Long Island Firefighters Not Included on New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial

LI pair not on fire memorial
BY MELISSA MANSFIELD | melissa.mansfield@newsday.com

As a solemn ceremony honoring 12 fallen firefighters was held here yesterday, a local assemblyman handed a letter of protest to the governor because two names from Long Island were not included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg passed a note to Gov. Eliot Spitzer urging him to intervene on behalf of volunteer firefighters Paul Brady and Wilbur Ritter, who died in August 2006. Brady, of Malverne, died when he was crushed while performing maintenance on a fire truck. Ritter, of Sayville, died from a heart attack while responding to an alarm.

“The fact that Mr. Ritter and Mr. Brady did not die while battling a blaze in no way diminishes their service, their heroic spirits or their willingness to place themselves in harm’s way to protect others,” Weisenberg wrote. “The least we can do is provide this simple but profound and enduring gesture of remembering them side by side with their brethren.”…READ MORE