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Fire Riders Roll Into Nanticoke

September 24, 2018
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Fire Riders Roll Into Nanticoke

NANTICOKE — A motorcycle club of current and former New York City firefighters rumbled into town last week and surprised a retired member with a trip to a memorial to his brother who was killed on Sept. 11. The group visited a tribute at Luzerne County Community College to fallen New York City firefighter Michael Carlo, 34, who was killed at the World Trade Center. Carlo was born and raised in the Wanamie section of Newport Twp. His brother, Rob Carlo, was shocked when members of his club — the New York City Fire Riders — brought him to his brother’s memorial at LCCC’s Walk of Honor. The Nanticoke Fire Department was there to greet them. “I was just told we were coming up for a ride. I had no idea you guys were meeting us here,” Rob Carlo said in an impromptu speech at the memorial. “My family is going to be thrilled we did this here today.” The memorial, which includes tributes to others killed on duty, was partially funded by the Carlo family from money paid out to Sept. 11 victims. “It’s great. It will be here for years to come. Hopefully it doesn’t get filled with line of duty deaths. It’s a nice place to come and reflect,” Rob Carlo said. Rob Carlo, who now lives in California, was visiting friends in New York when the group decided to take the ride to Nanticoke. They told him they planned to visit the Nanticoke Fire Department, which has a memorial to Sept. 11 outside made from World Trade Center steel. They also visited that memorial during their trip. Carlo said so many of his colleagues are filled with anger, hate and depression 17 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He said this year instead of dreading the month of September he tried to spend his days thinking of things he was thankful for. “I refuse to let them win,” Rob Carlo said of the terrorists. “Every day we could be grateful.” Nanticoke Fire Chief Kevin Hazleton said the department was happy to host the Fire Riders. “What an honor to have them come,” Hazleton said. Contact the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2055; @cvbobkal

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