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November 27, 2014
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Highland receives first WTC artifact

Bill Hofaker, right, coordinated pickup of the artifact.


The project will feature a story board where people can share their memories and thoughts. Boyar relayed several of his own, including an account of a family friend who was a firefighter lieutenant. Although off-duty that day, Boyar’s friend headed for the site to help, even commandeering a grocery truck to get to the scene. Once there, he borrowed turnout gear and was seen at the collapse of the first building and later seen helping people get out of the second tower, which collapsed on him. “That’s why we build a monument,” said Boyar. “We all have our reasons. This is going to be a people’s project where we tell our stories.”

Boyar said the town is really coming together around the project and encouraged everyone to get involved. “We’ll need lots of help, so let us know what you can do.” Contact Boyar at 845/557-8901 for more information. Visit

www.riverreporter.com to see additional photos of the event.