A tribute to Carlos

youtube video of a tribute to Carlos Lillo from a song his nephew Colby O'Donis's wrote shortly after 9/11.


Carlos Lillo Dedication

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Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and the family of Carlos Lillo gathered on OctoberCarlos Lillo Park 2, 2008 to officially open Carlos Lillo Memorial Park in Astoria, Queens. Joining them at the ceremonial opening were representatives of the FDNY and EMS services, Queens elected officials, civic leaders, and children from nearby P.S. 2.

Carlos Lillo, a New York City paramedic from Astoria, died on September 11, 2001, while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Assemblyman Gianaris obtained state funding for the acquisition and development of the park and worked tirelessly to see the park through from idea to completion.

"Carlos Lillo was a credit to our community through his hard work as a paramedic long before September 11, 2001," said Assemblyman Gianaris. "It is fitting to recognize the achievements and sacrifice of this local hero by building this park in his name."

The official web site link for NY City Park and Recreation for Carlos Lillo Park

"Carlos Lillo made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the City of New York on September 11 and we are proud to name this new park in his honor," said Commissioner Benepe. "I want to thank the Lillo family for joining us today as we commemorate one of Astoria's heroes. I'd also like to thank Mayor Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Marshall and Assembly Member Gianaris for generously funding this memorial."

Carlos Lillo Park, which will be open daily until 9 p.m., sits directly across from P.S. 2 at 76th Street and 21st Avenue, and is located on land that was a neighborhood eyesore for decades, having served as a graffiti-riddled construction storage area.

"This park will improve the environment, and enhance the quality of life in our community," added Gianaris. "The children at P.S. 2 and the entire neighborhood will benefit from a public green space that will serve as a tribute to a wonderful man."

The creation of Carlos Lillo Park is part of Assemblyman Gianaris' Revitalize Astoria campaign. Other revitalization projects made
possible through funding acquired by Assemblyman Gianaris include graffiti removal and park beautification, as well as the installation of antique street lights on Steinway Street, 30th Avenue, and Broadway, which have brought more shoppers and jobs into the community.

Comments (3)
Your always in my heart
3 Tuesday, 18 September 2012 01:30
Michael Espinosa
Uncle carlos i miss you so much not a day i dont think of you. You were the best uncle i can ever ask for i miss u so much, i still have a lot memories of you when i would go to your house for a famiy get together. I finally got to visit you memorial in nyc the memorial site is beauitful and i shed so much tears its hard that i lost you but i know when i go back to new york again i will visit you.
I love you so much uncle carlos
Still thinking of you
2 Tuesday, 11 September 2012 20:12
Marc Weinstein Lt.FDNY/EMS Ret.
Carlos I can't believe it has been 11yr's. I still see your face and remember some of those tricks you played. Remember some before I became a Lt. I don't know Carlos, but I pray our children will see a better world for your sacrifice and all the other's with you.

Miss you and you and the family are always in my prayers.
9/11 firefighter memorial climb
1 Tuesday, 28 September 2010 17:38
jeff karp
on 9/11/10 i attended a memorial firefighter climb for all the fallen firefighters/paramedics in N.Y. there were 343 climber spots open and on the back of our turnout jackets we wore the name of a fallen firefighter. The name i wore on the back of my jacket was Carlos Lillo the climb was a 16 story building which we had to climb up and down 7 times every time i thought about quitting, i thought about Carlos he was my inspiration to finish. That day changed the way i view everything. My heart goes out to all the friends and family of the fallen 343 "all gave some, some gave all"

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