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“It’s ridiculous,” said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches of Dyker Heights, who lost his firefighter son Jimmy.
“We asked for a memorial and they’ve turned this into a P.T. Barnum production. These people are trying to make money off the worst day in American history.”
Eileen Torres, whose firefighter cousin, Manuel Del Valle Jr., also perished on that unforgettable day, called the move “absolutely disrespectful.”
“We were really hoping it wouldn’t come to that,” said Torres, who lives in Dutchess County. “From the beginning, they’ve been treating this like a business. It’s not a business — it’s a memorial.”
Debra Burlingame, a 9/11 relative who took part in planning the museum, said “the idea of charging admission is not something we ever wanted to do.”