Basketball game honoring FDNY captain who died on 9/11 held in Bed-Stuy

The FDNY and Bed-Stuy residents battled during a game of 3-on-3 basketball in honor of an FDNY captain who died on 9/11.
The game honored Vernon Richard who was among the other firefighters who died in the line of duty at the Twin Towers.
Richard climbed ranks very quickly, joining the Bravest in 1977 as the first Black lieutenant.
He served the city at Tower Ladder 7 at 234 E. 29th Street in Manhattan. The department was one of many that responded to the call at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Richard was the only Black firefighter to die while in the line of duty that day.
Richard accomplished much throughout his life. He served in the U.S. Army in 1967 to 1969, where he spent 13 months in South Korea.
Today he’s remembered as a hero, trailblazer, pioneer and now has a high school named after him in Brooklyn.
The event was the first basketball tournament in honor of Richard and organizers said there will be many more.