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NEW YORK -- Nearly 3,000 lives were lost in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. One of them was Steven Coakley, a firefighter with family in Charlotte, whose name is now attached to a foundation that provides money and services to emergency responders.
The Firefighter Steven Coakley Foundation, run by his sister and brother-in-law, placed 2,997 American flags in Charlotte on Thursday to honor the 9/11 victims. People from across North Carolina have participated in the foundation's annual golf tournament to raise money for many efforts including sending firefighters to UNC Charlotte.
The 36-year-old firefighter's legacy is not only felt in Charlotte, but also in New York. His picture is one of four in a memorial in the Bedford Stuyvesant Fire Station.
“It's tough to remind us. The guys who went through it knew a lot of people who died,” said Lt. Charles Powers.
When the call went out on Sept. 11, Engine 217 with six men, headed to the World Trade Center site. Powers says Coakley, who was on overtime, wasn't even assigned to be working.
Two of the six, including Coakley, died that day. The company lost nine firefighters in all including those who were off-duty and helping in other capacities and those who worked there in the past.
“You notice all the names of the guys who had something to do with Engine 217 are in the trim,” Powers said, pointing to a mural on the wall.
It's been a decade but the pain is very close to the surface for these firefighters. The memories of the friends they lost are still fresh and they are still looking for ways to honor them.
(Watch below for more from Jennifer Moxley reporting from New York:)
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