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Cincinnati’s Ken Griffey Jr. watches a video on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with Katrina Marino of Bradford and her children, Tyler, 7, and Kristin, 9, prior to last night’s game against the Cardinals. Katrina, whose husband was a firefighter who died when the World Trade towers collapsed, made a home run request of Griffey in a letter soon after her husband’s death. Griffey read the letter and homered on the same day. Tyler was scheduled to throw the first pitch last night.

Six years ago, Katrina Marino of Bradford sent Cincinnati Reds slugger Ken Griffey Jr. a letter asking him to hit a home run in memory of her husband, Kenny Marino, a New York City firefighter who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.

Griffey hit that home run, and last night on the sixth anniversary of the attacks, Kenny Marino’s son, Tyler, 7, had the distinction of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in his father’s memory before last night’s game between the Reds and St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati.

Tyler was just 1 year old when his father, whose favorite player was Griffey, died.

Tyler, his mother and sister Kristin, 9, who moved to Bradford from New York two years ago, were all smiles as they stood in the dugout with Griffey prior to last night’s game.

Griffey has kept in touch with the Marino family since that day six years ago when he read Katrina Marino’s letter and hit the homer.

The Reds sent a letter inviting the family to Cincinnati to take part in the team’s pre-game ceremonies marking the Sept. 11 attacks.

Closer to home yesterday, several men stood in front of Haverhill City Hall, saluting as the American flag that flies there each day was slowly lowered to half-staff.

The men, members of the city’s Fire Department, were remembering their fellow New York City firefighters who died or were injured six years ago — Sept. 11, 2001, the day the terrorist attacks shocked America. They also were remembering the others who died, including some deaths that hit close to home.

Jane Orth, 49, died aboard American Airlines Flight 11 along with 85 others when terrorists crashed the plane into the World Trade Center. Orth lived at 10 Ford St. in the city’s Mount Washington area with her youngest daughter.

Mayor James Fiorentini officiated at yesterday’s ceremony in Haverhill, making brief remarks in which he recognized the Haverhill connections.

The flag remained at half-staff all day. Several local military veterans also attended the memorial.

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