Disrespect of 9/11 memorials not uncommon, says father of fallen firefighter

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“To the families of the 9/11 community, it’s very disrespectful, it’s very sad, and very hurtful,” said Jim Riches to PIX 11 News on Tuesday afternoon

The Retired FDNY Deputy Chief was referring to the disrespectful scene of Princesses: Long Island. A scene in which the show holds an impromptu photo shoot with beer around a firefighter statue in Great Neck Plaza. The firefighter is Jonathan Ielpi, who died on 9/11. The park is named after him.

We showed the controversial scene to Riches in the shadows of his son’s plaque at the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance and Tribute Walk in Coney Island. Unfortunately, disrespect at various 9/11 memorials is nothing new for Riches who serves as the Chairman of the 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters, “In Lower Manhattan they have scratched on the graffiti on some of the writings on some of the walls over there where the names are. Why would you do something like that?”

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