Mass in Yonkers honors public safety workers who made ultimate sacrifice

(09/28/03) YONKERS - Public safety workers, like firefighters and police officers, who gave their lives in the line of duty were honored Sunday in Yonkers. More than 30 heroes who sacrificed their lives over the past 100 years were remembered.

Hundreds of police, firefighters and members of the community gathered at a memorial site at Utermyer Park after marching down North Broadway in the pouring rain. The names of 15 police officers and 16 firefighters who gave their lives were read out loud. All of their names are engraved in stones at the memorial for all to see.

The living firefighters and members of the police department say the memorial not only honors those killed in the line of duty, but it also makes them realize the commitment they made themselves. They know that their next call could be their last. The public service members said it is not how those honored firefighters and police officers died that made them heroes, but they are heroes because of how they lived.

It has been almost 30 years since a Yonkers police officer was killed in the line of duty. The last firefighter killed was back in 1986.

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