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Albany/HV: Washingtonville community honors 9/11 fallen firefighters
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News of bin Laden's killing is helping one community cope with mounting grief. Our Elaina Athans joined us with more from a memorial site.

WASHINGTONVILLE, N.Y. -- People have been making the pilgrimage to the Washingtonville 9/11 Memorial to pay their respects. The memorial honors five fallen firefighters killed in the terror attacks. Some folks left flowers or American flags, others sat in solace reflecting on news that the man considered the "most infamous terrorist of our time" has been killed.

"It's just a community thing. It just sort of brings everyone together and think back to when this did happen, how it felt like the whole country came together," said Salisbury Mills resident Christine Garfinkel.

A rebirth for Washingtonville with the death of Osama bin Laden. People commemorate the death with five firefighters who died because of the dictator's decisions.

"It does mean a lot. It does mean a step forward. Like I heard someone say, it's absolutely the end of a chapter," said Plattekill resident Nicholas Karl.

Dennis Devlin, Bobby Hamilton, Mark Whitford, Gerry Nevins and Glenn Perry were killed September 11th.

"You often wonder why things happen the way they do and I guess to this day I still don't have the answers," said Doug Jeffries.

Jeffries is a trustee with Washingtonville Fire Department. He never met the men honored at the memorial, but he now sees them every day.

"This is our wall that we made up for the guys who lost their lives," said Jeffries.

Plagues, certificates and medals are adorned at the fire house. All symbols of the tragedy this small village has endured and rose above.

Jeffries said, "We got to keep moving and life goes on and that's what these guys who lost their lives that's what they would have wanted us to do. And that's what we have to continue to do to make ourselves stronger and their families stronger."

Many people in this community say there are pleased bin Laden was killed before the 10 year anniversary of the attacks, saying that will be hard enough as is and this new development will give new meaning to memorial services held throughout the area.

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