Milford to honor victims of 9-11

MILFORD >> The city will remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, on Sunday, Sept. 11, with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. and ringing of the bells at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck New York’s World Trade Center.

Fire Chief Douglas Edo will ring the bell.

The ceremony will take place at the Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Ave., where the Milford Prevention Council will co-sponsor a 9/11 remembrance honoring real-life superheroes followed by a 5K and Family Day.

Milford will remember victims Michael Miller and Avnish Patel, both graduates of Live Oaks School, as well as Seth Morris, who was a student at Mathewson School.

• Morris was 35 when he died. He was a managing director for Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment company with offices in Tower One. Seth Morris lived in Kinnelon, N.J., with his wife and three children.

Morris was a hero in the earlier, 1993 World Trade Center terrorist attack, carrying a pregnant woman more than 90 floors to safety. The Morrises lived on Wheeler’s Farms Road until 1987.

• Miller, 39, graduated from Joseph A. Foran High School in 1980 and was named best athlete. He lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of Tower One. He lived in Englewood, N.J. His No. 12 jersey was retired by Foran after his death. A scholarship was set up at Foran High in his honor.

• Patel, 28, was a research analyst focusing on health care companies for Fred Alger Management. He was working on the 93rd floor of Tower One when the plane hit.

Patel was 13 he left his family in London and boarded a plane to New York. He lived with Raj and Meena Patel in Milford at their Depot Road home. Patel attended Live Oaks Elementary School for a year, and spent two years at Joseph A. Foran High School. He moved to New York to be with his older brother, Yogesh, and graduated from high school there. He then attended the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Mayor Benjamin G. Blake invites all residents to attend the ceremony and asks everyone to take a moment of pause and remembrance in honor of those who died, and those who participated in rescue on that day.

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