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My Husband Died in the Line of Duty


Ann Van Hine

My husband was Richard Bruce Van Hine, he was a firefighter with squad 41, in the Bronx. I have a medal from the city of New York that tells me that my husband died in the line of duty. And I would appreciate it if, at this memorial, it says that my husband died in the line of duty. I do not see my husband as victim. I do not want my great grandchildren to see my husband as a victim. He was not a victim. He was killed in the line of duty.

The other thing that I would just mention to you is that, it says that the victims of September 11 2001 attacks on New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as the people from February 26, 1993 terrorist bombings should be recognized. And I would hope, in keeping the history straight, that it would be mentioned which people were at the Pentagon, which does have its own memorial, which people were in Shanksville, which I understand will have its own memorial, and which people were at the World Trade Center, which it does not seem will have its own memorial because we're lumping them all together and making a 9/11 memorial, as opposed to a Twin Towers or WTC memorial.

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