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New Hyde Park Commuters React to Osama bin Laden's Death

The day after hearing the news brings mixed emotions for people heading into the city.

Emotions about the death of Osama bin Laden ranged from some sense of relief to fear of retaliation at the station Monday morning. 

For David Jones, whose brother James Godbee was a member of the New York City Police Department's 28th precinct who passed away on 9/11, Jones is happy bin Laden's dead, but his death brings back all of those emotions attached with 9/11.

For Jones, the threat related to bin Laden seems to be over now that bin Laden's gone, but Jones added that "al-Qaida is more than one individual." Knowing that bin Laden is dead, which Jones first heard on television at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike, brings Jones closure, but it's bittersweet.

Mallika Kumar also lost someone she was close to on 9/11 -- a firefighter. She first heard about bin Laden's death when her boyfriend texted her and she proceeded to tell her whole family Sunday night, including waking up her father.

While for Kumar bin Laden's death doesn't bring everything full circle and give a complete sense of closure, "it's a step in the right direction."

Deena Chaoush was 13-years-old when 9/11 happened. The day after bin Laden died, she was headed into school at FIT at about 8:30 a.m. One of her first reactions was wondering if there would be retaliation for bin Laden's death, but she added, "You can't think that way."

Here is a list of some of the people in New Hyde Park who passed away on 9/11:

  • Christy A, Addamo
  • Matthew J. Grzymalski
  • Jennifer L. Howley-Dorsey
  • Michael Francis Lynch
  • Gerald Michael Olcott
  • Gregory Reda
Susan Posner May 02, 2011 at 02:50 PM
GOD BLESS those with mixed emotions and those suffering from loss! I am so thankful that my NHP fireman brothers Rick, Mike, and Pau and their closest brothers survived and that in spite of their health issues continue to give back to the community! Vote Rick Stein for fire commissioner..and check out the radio commandboard that Mike invented that will save future lives through Command Fire Consultants!!! Susan Stein from Ft Lauderdale. FL
Alexandra Zendrian May 02, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Thank you Susan for those thoughts. Please share your thoughts and feelings on New Hyde Park Patch.

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