|Photo courtesy of Peter Adamik
It was an evening to remember.
It was an evening to never forget.
More than 100 people gathered at the clubhouse in the Waterways community in Golden Gate Estates on Monday night to honor emergency service workers who died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires Sept. 11, 2001.
The event was also a send-off dinner to raise money for the 40 first responders, including two Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who will participate in the fourth annual Brotherhood Ride to commemorate emergency responders who died during the 9/11 attacks.
The 1,600-mile ride will begin in North Naples on Saturday and end at Ground Zero in New York on Sept. 10.
Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk, along with CCSO’s riders Sgt. Dan McDonald and Cpl. Bruce Cordivari, attended Monday night’s event at Waterways.
Sheriff Rambosk led the Pledge of Allegiance and made remarks. Sheriff Rambosk discussed the important role emergency service workers play in society and why it’s important for the public to remember those who have died in the line of duty.
Waterways resident Richard Mulhern organized the event. Mulhern, who moved to Collier County from New York five years ago, was working as an electrician near the World Trade Center when the towers were attacked.
He showed the Collier crowd video and images from Ground Zero which he said he had previously shared with just a few people.
Mulhern said he came up with the idea for a fundraiser after reading about the Brotherhood Ride in one of the local papers.
“I was really psyched up and so proud of these guys,” he said. “I thought, ‘What can I do for these guys?’’’