ISS1 2017

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Station New York Dedicates Building to 9/11 h ero The thick fog hung low over New York Harbor as the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) ceremonial bag-pipers warmed up next to a row of fire trucks. Coast Guard members walked across the field as the rain picked up in intensity. Although the weather was less than ideal, the mood of the crowd was not dampened. Family, friends, shipmates and firefighters took their seats under a tent next to a newly completed, state-of-the-art building at Station New York on Friday, October 21, 2016. Everyone in attendance was there to pay tribute to Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Palazzo, a fallen shipmate, firefighter, friend, father and now the building's namesake. On the morning of September 11, 2001, while serving bravely with the FDNY, Palazzo and 10 other members from Rescue 5 made the ultimate sacrifice while assisting in the evacuation of the World Trade Center. "Today, not only do we dedicate a building, but we remember Jeff's sacrifice and the person he was," said Lt. Cmdr. Garrett Meyer, commanding officer of Station New York. "He personified the Coast Guard's core values every day of his life." Palazzo's dedication to helping others began at a young age. His mother said that at age 12, while she and Jeff were sailing, he noticed a nearby boat capsize. Two people were thrown into the water. He immediately abandoned their vessel to rescue the individuals and helped them into their sailboat. Palazzo enlisted in 1988, and was sent to Coast Guard CUTTER CAPE HORN. After that tour and another at Station Chatham, Mass., he reported closer to home at Station Rockaway in Queens. While there, he was involved in numerous search and rescue cases including the sinking of the motor vessel BRONX QUEEN and the grounding of the GOLDEN VENTURE. In 1996, Palazzo left active duty status for the Coast Guard 18 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2017

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