KINGSTON — Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the Trolley Museum of New York, the Volunteer Firemen's Hall and Museum of Kingston, historic fireboat ”John J. Harvey” and area fire, police, and rescue departments for Heroes’ Day on Sept. 14 from noon–5 p.m. This event highlights the courage, selflessness, and sacrifice of Emergency Service Personnel. There will be family-friendly activities all day. At the end of the day, there will be a ceremony to honor active, retired, and fallen EMS Personnel as well as a remembrance for the events of September 11, 2001.

The museum will feature deck tours of the fireboat “John J. Harvey”; on September 11, 2001, she pumped water from the Hudson River to the disaster area for 80 consecutive hours after the Twin Towers fell. The Trolley Museum of New York will showcase their Port Authority Trans Hudson PA-1 car 143 which was salvaged, intact, from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attack.

In addition to deck and trolley tours, kids and families can participate in fire-safety training drills using Kingston Fire Department’s Fire Safety Trailer. Firefighters will provide kids strategies and tips to safely exit a dangerous situation. At this event the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department and Esopus Fire Department will demonstrate how K-9 and Dive Teams operate in the field. There will also be police, ambulance, and fire department vehicles on site as well as the Volunteer Fireman’s Hall and Museum who will showcase an antique firetruck during the event.

If you have any questions and/or would like to participate in Heroes’ Day, email Paul Daley at or call 338-0071 ext. 11.