Memorial held on Long Island for 9/11 victims and heroes who have died since

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Friday, September 10, 2021
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Josh Einiger has more on the emotional ceremony from Oyster Bay.

OYSTER BAY, Long Island (WABC) -- A special remembrance ceremony was held Thursday night on Long Island for the victims of 9/11.

In a town decimated on 9/11, there's a wall commemorating all those lost that day. And then there's another wall for everyone who has died since.

On Thursday night, Josephine Paolillo saw her husband Det. Joe Paolillo's name added to that wall.

"Every time somebody else dies, for me it's like the towers came down all over again, and I'm sure this is going to go on for the next 10-15 years," Paolillo said.

The NYPD detective died two years ago of bladder cancer, caused by the air he breathed during the month he spent searching for his brother John, an FDNY battalion chief buried in the towers when they collapsed.

John and Joe left behind a sister, Sheila.

"I feel cheated, I'm all by myself except for my sister in law and my cousins, I have nobody, I have nobody," Sheila Kioskerides said.

The town of Oyster Bay, like so many other suburbs across Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester, paid their annual tribute on Thursday.

September 11th-related cancers have ravaged the first responders who were there that day.

More than 10 times as many police officers have died since the attack than on that day, along with hundreds of firefighters.

"We should be working to support the people that are getting sick from it now, as well as supporting the people that lost somebody 20 years ago, there's people being destroyed by this every day, we had an entire family destroyed by this one event," Paolillo said.

The beachside services happen every year, but they'll never stop and will never get old. They can't with a community of mourners that keeps growing.

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