Long Island Police have begun investigating the vandalism of a statue at a 9/11 memorial in a park in Lindenhurst on Long Island. The statue was located in a 9/11 Memorial Garden that has plaques of those who lost who died, a fountain with two stone structures representing the Towers, and what was a statue dedicated to the canine units that searched through the rubble at Ground Zero. What was left of the statue has been removed by authorities and all that remains is the stand and plaque which reads “Trained to Save. Live to Serve.”
9/11 Memorial Statue Vandalized on Long Island: MyFoxNY.com
Retired NYPD officer Steve Smaldon said he was very upset when he received the news that the statue had been vandalized. It was more then just a Memorial to him is was a remembrance of his K-9 partner Hansen. The statue was donated by Smaldon when his Hansen passed away a few years after 9/11 at the age of 11 due to natural causes. The artist commissioned for the project used pictures of the German Shepherd to create the statue. Officer Smaldon and Hansen spent about 150 days searching through the rubble of Ground Zero. via Officer News
Authorities are investigating the matter but are not sure if this was a targeted attack or a case of thoughtless vandalism.
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