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Image of the Week, Part II: Piping Tribute in New York City

After finishing in first place at the Super Boat International New York Super Boat Grand Prix Sept. 9, Richard Chaney and John Arruda brought Richard Roeill, a Nassau County (New York) firefighter who was working that day as a volunteer rescue diver on an SBI safety boat, on board Semper FiChaney’s turbine-powered 48-foot Marine Technology Inc. catamaran. Their goal was to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 horror. An accomplished bagpiper, Roeill was a first-responder at the 9/11 tragedy 11 years ago.

Semper Fi's bagpiper tribute to 9/11 after the SBI New York City Grand Prix. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

(Click image to enlarge) Semper Fi’s bagpiper tribute to 9/11 after the SBI New York City Grand Prix. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

Photographer Tim Sharkey captured the moment. “When I took the photo, I was thinking, ‘What an awesome tribute to 9/11,’” said Sharkey.

With the yet-to-be-finished Freedom Tower in the background, Roeill played on the deck of the 48-footer. The tribute cost Semper Fi its first-place finish, as having the piper on board at the time reportedly violated SBI’s rules.

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