NY firefighter's Putnam Co. tree to become NYC holiday icon

A New York City firefighter from Mahopac says that he and his family are seizing the opportunity to give back to a city that helped them through some tough times by allowing their favorite shade tree to be used in Rockefeller Center this holiday season.

Peter Acton says his 74-foot, 12-ton Norway Spruce was picked for the role of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree by Rockefeller Center representatives themselves.

With the memory of 9/11 never far from his mind, Acton said donating the tree is the most he and his family could do to give back to the city that sacrificed so much. "This is my gift back to the people. Those children, the mothers, the widows...people that wrote things that helped us get through that bad time."

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