NYC BBQ to Honor 9/11 First Responders, Raise Money for Veterans

CBS News Radio 880 - September 29, 2019

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – For a decade now, the good folks at the Stephen Siller Foundation follow up the Tunnel to Towers run with another fundraiser.

This year’s charity barbecue is on Oct. 12 at the Hillside Swim Club on Staten Island. The BBQ for Our Bravest will be a festive event but also a solemn one.

“This year we’re honoring 32 firefighters who have lost their lives from 9/11 cancer,” retired FDNY Battalion Chief John Labarbera said.

Labarbera says the names of those Staten Island firefighters will go on a new memorial wall.

“The sacrifices are being made, and we want to make sure that everybody remembers our first responders who are still making that sacrifice,” he said. “Each and every week we’re losing a first responder.”

The barbecue raises money so organizers can continue to build specially equipped homes for severely disabled veterans. They’re approaching 90 of them.

“Remember you’ll be making a difference to our catastrophically injured service members,” Labarber said.

More information about the barbecue can be found: This year’s charity barbecue is on Oct. 12 at the Hillside Swim Club on Staten Island. The BBQ for Our Bravest will be a festive event but also a solemn one.

“This year we’re honoring 32 firefighters who have lost their lives from 9/11 cancer,” retired FDNY Battalion Chief John Labarbera said.

Labarbera says the names of those Staten Island firefighters will go on a new memorial wall.

“The sacrifices are being made, and we want to make sure that everybody remembers our first responders who are still making that sacrifice,” he said. “Each and every week we’re losing a first responder.”

The barbecue raises money so organizers can continue to build specially equipped homes for severely disabled veterans. They’re approaching 90 of them.

“Remember you’ll be making a difference to our catastrophically injured service members,” Labarber said.

This year’s charity barbecue is on Oct. 12 at the Hillside Swim Club on Staten Island. The BBQ for Our Bravest will be a festive event but also a solemn one.

“This year we’re honoring 32 firefighters who have lost their lives from 9/11 cancer,” retired FDNY Battalion Chief John Labarbera said.

Labarbera says the names of those Staten Island firefighters will go on a new memorial wall.

“The sacrifices are being made, and we want to make sure that everybody remembers our first responders who are still making that sacrifice,” he said. “Each and every week we’re losing a first responder.”

The barbecue raises money so organizers can continue to build specially equipped homes for severely disabled veterans. They’re approaching 90 of them.

“Remember you’ll be making a difference to our catastrophically injured service members,” Labarber said.

More information about the barbecue can be found here: https://tunnel2towers.org/events/bbq-for-our-bravest/