Gary Biggerstaff

Fire Engineer LBFD
45 yr. old Married, father of two boys
15 year LB resident
15 yrs. of service with the LBFD

In the months that followed September 11, 2001, I took a trip to NYC to tour the WTC Site. As I walked the active dig site known as Ground Zero, I was overcome by many powerful sights and sounds that will forever stain my memory. To see it all first hand was to put my finger on the pulse of this National Tragedy. Upon my return home, I felt I needed to do something to honor the families of my fallen brothers. I created 343 white, personalized crosses, each with a fallen firefighters name. Every year since 2001, I have displayed these crosses in my front yard. Thousands of people come from all over to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of the fateful day in 2001. Each year we ride as a group of Patriotic Americans in a 42 mile pilgrimage to view the crosses and pay tribute to all those who were lost. the number of riders has expanded from the original 50 to over 1500 in 2010.

The crosses with the names of the 343 FDNY fallen firefighters will be on-display at 257 Bennett Ave. from 9/7-9/11 before being moved to McKenna's by the Bay for the 9/11 Ceremony.