Each year, State Farm Agent Jen Dunn pays respect to those who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001 by helping coordinate a memorial service through her local Sunrise Rotary Club in LaGrangeville, N.Y.
Jen's cousin, Capt. Martin Egan Jr., died that day in his role as a first responder with the New York Fire Department. His body was recovered from the piles of rubble and was among the first to be laid to rest at age 36.
“I will never forget the first time I saw the stoic tears on every firemen’s face as they stood guard at Marty’s funeral,” says Jen, herself the daughter of a New York City police officer.
Jen wears a bracelet that was created in memory of Marty in September, December (his birth month) and March (Marty’s favorite holiday was St. Patrick’s Day).
This year, New York gubernatorial candidate Marcus Molinaro plans to join the memorial that will be dedicated to a Rotarian — and State Farm customer — who was instrumental in its creation. He recently died from Parkinson’s disease.