Former NYPD detective to speak about 9/11 recovery efforts

The Palm Beach Gardens 9/11 Memorial sits in the predawn darkness Friday, September 11, 2015, the 14th anniversary of the attacks.   (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

The Palm Beach Gardens 9/11 Memorial sits in the predawn darkness Friday, September 11, 2015, the 14th anniversary of the attacks. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

It’s been 15 years since 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but the first responders who participated in the recovery efforts will never forget what they saw.

Joseph Mottle, a former New York Police Department detective who now lives in Palm Beach Gardens, will speak at the countywide 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School, 4245 Holly Drive, from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors should enter from Lilac Street.

A remembrance procession will arrive at 3:30 p.m. The gathering will remember the families, first responders, police, firefighters and other emergency personnel who lost their lives and loved ones.

Rebecca Newbold, center - turquoise sweater, receives her award for winning the 9/11 essay contest at the Palm Beach Gardens City Council meeting Thursday, Sept. 9, 2016. Courtesy photo

Rebecca Newbold, center – turquoise sweater, receives her award for winning the 9/11 essay contest at the Palm Beach Gardens City Council meeting Thursday, Sept. 9, 2016. Courtesy photo

Rebecca Newbold, a Palm Beach Gardens High School senior, will read her essay about how the attacks affected the U.S. and the future of the world. She won the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation’s 9/11 essay contest.

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