2009-09-18 / Letters

In Honor Of Eric Allen

Dear Editor,

I'm writing this letter in honor of FDNY Firefighter Eric Allen who died in the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001. Eric was a first responder rescue specialist from FDNY Special Operations Command Squad 18 in the West Village, Manhattan who died along with seven other of his brother Firefighters from Squad 18 that day in the stairwells.

Two or three years ago Eric's name disappeared from the Wave's list of our local 9/11 loved ones who were lost. I would appreciate it if you would return his name to it's place of honor.

Eric owned a large home in Rockaway Park across from Tribute Park since 1985. He had an apartment in the house, spent a lot of time here and loved Rockaway and was excitedly looking forward to living full time in the house when he retired from the FDNY. He rented space there to me for my apartment and glass art studio for 20 years.

Your 9-11 Rockaway list in the Wave includes 73 names. Of those, 58 lived in Rockaway and 15 are friends, family members and loved ones from other areas. Of Rockaway's 58 residents, 30 were from the Breezy Co-op (11 FDNY and 19 civilians), 28 from the rest of Rockaway including Broad Channel (13 FDNY and 15 civilians). All in all, Rockaway lost 24 Firefighters and 34 civilians. Eight were women, 50 men. The mosaic in Tribute Park lists our neighborhoods that the 58 lived in.

I dreamt up and fabricated all three of Tribute Park's memorials in Eric's house in tribute not only to all Rockaway's 9-11 victims and all 343 Firefighters, but also as a special way to honor Eric who was a wonderful man, a loving father, a great friend and an awesome landlord. If you look at the FDNY memorial in Tribute Park you might notice Eric's name is carved a little deeper than all the others and his name in the stars of the dome is special too. His name truly deserves to be remembered in the Wave along with our other 57 Rockaway residents and 15 friends and loved ones.

Rockaway Will Never Forget them or our Military service members who fight and have died in the 9/11 wars since.

Thanks,

PATRICK CLARK

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