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New York City police hunt vandals to cut flagpole at a memorial to firefighters killed on 9/11

New York City police launched an investigation after vandals cut a flagpole at a memorial honoring five local firefighters who died in the 9/11 attacks.

Shocked residents discovered the monument’s destruction in a park in Washingtonville, north of New York City, early Wednesday morning.

The pole was cut about five feet from the base, and a message, which the authorities would not disclose, was engraved on the section that was still standing.

The memorial remembers New York City Fire Fighters firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion chief Dennis Devlin and Lieutenant Glenn Perry, who were all killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

BEFORE: The memorial in a park in Washingtonville, north of New York City, honoring five local firefighters who died in the 9/11 attacks.  New York City police launched an investigation after vandals cut the flagpole

BEFORE: The memorial in a park in Washingtonville, north of New York City, honoring five local firefighters who died in the 9/11 attacks. New York City police launched an investigation after vandals cut the flagpole

NA: Shocked residents discovered the destruction of the monument early on Wednesday morning.  The pole was cut about five feet from the base and a message, that the authorities would not reveal, was engraved on the part that was still standing

NA: Shocked residents discovered the destruction of the monument early on Wednesday morning.  The pole was cut about five feet from the base and a message, that the authorities would not reveal, was engraved on the part that was still standing

NA: Shocked residents discovered the destruction of the monument early on Wednesday morning. The pole was cut about five feet from the base and a message, that the authorities would not reveal, was engraved on the part that was still standing

Washingtonville police chief Brian Zaccaro said the vandals had used a tool to cut through the pole and detach it from the base.

No other parts of the monument are damaged.

Police also believe the same culprits are behind another wave of vandalism that also happened about 800 meters away Tuesday night.

The sign to St. Mary’s Parish Center was toppled and damaged, and an eagle figure removed from the top of the memorial tower was left next to it.

Washingtonville Mayor Joseph Bucco said a resident sent him a photo of the damage to the monument early on Wednesday morning and that it must have happened at night because the monument and park are so popular with locals.

“There is always someone on those benches, from morning until night,” he told the Times Herald Record.

Bucco said the village will replace the flagpole and a reward of over $ 3,000 has been offered for information about the destruction and the suspects.

He added that the authorities “would not leave any stone unturned” to find the culprits.

The memorial remembers New York City Fire Fighters firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion chief Dennis Devlin and Lieutenant Glenn Perry, who were all killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center

The memorial remembers New York City Fire Fighters firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion chief Dennis Devlin and Lieutenant Glenn Perry, who were all killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center

The memorial remembers New York City Fire Fighters firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion chief Dennis Devlin and Lieutenant Glenn Perry, who were all killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center

It features a semicircle of black granite monuments bearing the names of the five firefighters from the region who died in the World Trade Center attacks.

It features a semicircle of black granite monuments bearing the names of the five firefighters from the region who died in the World Trade Center attacks.

It features a semicircle of black granite monuments bearing the names of the five firefighters from the region who died in the World Trade Center attacks.

It also contains a sculpture of a fireman's helmet commemorating each of the fallen heroes

It also contains a sculpture of a fireman's helmet commemorating each of the fallen heroes

It also contains a sculpture of a fireman’s helmet commemorating each of the fallen heroes

New York state assembly man Colin Schmitt, whose district includes Washingtonville, condemned the city’s two acts of vandalism.

“These two locations mean so much to Washingtonville and the wider community,” he said in a news release on Wednesday.

Locals also took to social media to express their outrage at the destruction of the tribute to the local heroes.

“Destroying everything and hating the culture that everyone reinvented last night when the Washingtonville NY Orange County 9/11 Memorial park was destroyed and AMERICAN FLAG CUT DOWN,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“These individuals clearly don’t know what it is to sacrifice everything to save a fellow human being.”

Police also believe the same culprits are behind another wave of vandalism, which also happened Tuesday night, about half a mile away, where the sign to St. Mary's Parish Center (pictured before the incident) was toppled and damaged, and an eagle figure that was removed from the top of the memorial mast is left next to it

Police also believe the same culprits are behind another wave of vandalism, which also happened Tuesday night, about half a mile away, where the sign to St. Mary's Parish Center (pictured before the incident) was toppled and damaged, and an eagle figure that was removed from the top of the memorial mast is left next to it

Police also believe the same culprits are behind another wave of vandalism, which also happened Tuesday night, about half a mile away, where the sign to St. Mary’s Parish Center (pictured before the incident) was toppled and damaged, and an eagle figure that was removed from the top of the memorial mast is left next to it

Locals also took to social media to express their outrage at the destruction of the tribute to the local heroes

Locals also took to social media to express their outrage at the destruction of the tribute to the local heroes

Locals also took to social media to express their outrage at the destruction of the tribute to the local heroes

The Washingtonville Five Memorial was erected in September 2002 prior to the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

It features a semicircle of black granite monuments bearing the names of the five local firefighters in the area who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

It also contains a sculpture of a fireman’s helmet commemorating each of the fallen heroes.

The local group, the Washingtonville-Blooming Grove 9/11 Benefit Fund, is currently raising money to build a new memorial in the area in honor of first responders who have since died of illnesses associated with inhaling the toxic air in the aftermath of the attacks.

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