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Rocky Hill Borough Council Member Remembered in 9/11 Ceremony

By Richard D. Smith | Posted September 12, 2023

On Monday, September 11, a friendly but respectfully subdued group of area residents gathered in Panicaro Park for the Borough of Rocky Hill’s annual 9/11 observance.

Some 40 persons congregated near the park’s 9/11 monument, which is dedicated to the memory of William Fallon, Jr., a Rocky Hill borough councilman and valued neighbor. As a Port of New York & New Jersey executive whose offices were in the World Trade Center, Bill had remained in the tower to monitor the situation and help others evacuate.

Rocky Hill 9/11 ceremony 2023

Brenda Fallon (far left), Rev. Charlie Dieterich (center foreground), and Mayor Robert Uhrik (right). Photo by Richard D. Smith.

With Bill’s wife Brenda Fallon in the center of Monday’s fellowship gathering, Mayor Robert Uhrik reaffirmed the borough’s commitment to remember citizens who, throughout America’s history, have sacrificed for the good of our country.

Rev. Charlie Dieterich of Kingston, a Unitarian Universalist minister (retired), offered “a prayer of thanksgiving, though not of joy” in which he expressed gratitude for three great gifts: that of the “remarkable power we have in crisis,” especially of “those whose heroism prevented further loss of life”; for the gift of unity in crisis, knowing that “all must be helped”; and for “the gift of love … that sits with us, that holds us, that gives us peace.”

Rocky Hill 9/11 memorial

The 9/11 memorial in Rocky Hill, in memory of William Fallon who was 53 when he died on September 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed two jets into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Mayor Uhrik then requested that the assemblage turn and face the park’s flagpole, and led the singing of “God Bless America.”


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