Etched Forever In Their Hearts, And Now In Stone
|Tribute Park artist Patrick Clark, above left, Wednesday invited the family members of 9-11 heroes to help sandblast their lost loved ones’ names into a granite plaque that will soon be affixed to the firefighter memorial rock at the park. Kerry Hynes, wearing a protective hood, etches her father’s name, Captain Walter G. Hynes, into the granite. Each of the 347 names, including four retired firefighters who also lost their lives, will take about five minutes to etch. Clark said the work would be finished by Friday, September 9.
Photos By Brian MagoolaghanClark explains sandblasting technique to Deidre Hynes, Captain Hynes’ youngest daughter.Clark helps Michael O’Connor, nephew of Battalion Chief John M. Moran, put on a respirator. The sandblasting filled the air and coated flat surfaces with dust in Clark’s garage where the etching took place.From Right to Left: Brendan, Michael and Denis O’Connor; Ronnie, Caitlin (back row), Kerry and Deirdre (front row) Hynes, Patrick Clark and his assistant, Arthur Matuszewski.The rust-colored sand used for the blasting temporarily darkens the name being etched. A paintbrush is used to clear sand particles to check the depth of the etching and the plaque can be washed once etching is complete and the plastic stencils are removed.|
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