Farmingville, NY - At the September 10 Town Board Meeting, Councilman Dan Panico presented a proclamation to 7-year-old Ricky Taylor for raising over $4,000 for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Ricky rode his bike for 20 miles, one mile for each year in honor of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. During his ride, Ricky offered members of the Suffolk County PBA/POA encouragement to finish the 20-mile ride, saying “the fireman and police finished their job on 9/11!” Ricky was not immune to adversity during his ride, taking a spill at the 14.5-mile mark into a chain link fence covered in thorn bushes. Even with a bloodied leg, Ricky refused to give up and finished the ride. He stated, “those firemen didn’t give up, so neither will I.”Councilman Panico said, “We can all learn a lot from young Ricky Taylor. His patriotism and drive to make a difference are positive qualities for people, whether you are 7 or 97 years old. Good for you Ricky and keep up the good work.”Pictured in the back row (left to right) are Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley, Councilman Michael Loguercio and Town Clerk Donna Lent. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are Ricky’s father, Nick Taylor; Ricky Taylor; his brother, Nicholas Taylor, Jr. and mother, Deserie Taylor.The Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. They also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. Visit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation website for more information.
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