After the proposition passed, Commissioner Christopher Gioia made it known that their long-term goal is to get every fire district in the state of New York to pass similar resolutions. Gioia drafted the resolution for Franklin Square and Munson, a district which serves a hamlet of 30,000 people just outside of Queens.
"We’re a tight-knit community and we never forget our fallen brothers and sisters. You better believe that when the entire fire service of New York State is on board, we will be an unstoppable force," Gioia stated.
"We were the first fire district to pass this resolution. We won’t be the last," he added.
As Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth reports, the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry filed a petition last year with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman. This petition outlined evidence from 9/11 that the World Trade Center was actually destroyed by way of preplanted explosives.
Combining this evidence with a strong desire to get justice for their fallen brethren, the fire commissioners of Franklin Square and Munson were driven to start working on their own resolution. In their petition, Franklin Square names the Lawyers Committee petition as one of their primary motivators. The resolution states:
"[T]he overwhelming evidence presented in said petition demonstrates beyond any doubt that pre-planted explosives and/or incendiaries — not just airplanes and the ensuing fires — caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings, killing the vast majority of the victims who perished that day."
The district suffered greatly on 9/11 and during the aftermath, losing several civilian residents and one of their own firefighters, Thomas J. Hetzel, who was a full-time member of the New York Fire Department and a volunteer fireman for Franklin Square.
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth reports further:
The impact of 9/11 on the community extends well beyond the victims and their grieving families. On September 12, 2001, the Franklin Square Fire Department was called in to assist with the massive rescue and recovery effort that was just getting underway. Countless members of the department, including Gioia and Commissioners Philip Malloy and Joseph Torregrossa (then rank-and-file firefighters), spent weeks on the pile searching in vain for civilians and fellow responders who might still be alive. Today, Malloy and Torregrossa are among the thousands suffering chronic health effects.
In their resolution, Franklin Square cites these devastating events as further fuel to their cause. Soon, they hope to take their initiative state-wide.
As The Washington Standard reports, the U.S. Attorney's Office has recently notified the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Justice that it would be complying with the federal statute which requires them to present the petition to a special grand jury.
In their own resolution, the Franklin Square fire district pledges their support of a new investigation and "any and all efforts by other government entities to investigate and uncover the full truth surrounding the events of that horrible day.”These commissioners are sending a message, loud and clear. And if every fire district in the state of New York gets on board, the call to investigate further will become impossible to ignore.
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