"As a fireman, you have a feeling toward everything that happened. Being a New Yorker, you have a feeling for it," he said.
Albright said he has been to the firehouses affected by the loss in 2001 and had developed personal relationships with some of the fallen firefighters.
He said to honor those who lost their lives, the fire department rang an old-fashioned fire bell five times, each at the time a significant event happened on Sept. 11.
They rang the bell once when the first tower was hit, again when the second was struck and once for the Pentagon, the downed plane in Pennsylvania, and finally when the towers collapsed.
"It's a very sad day," said Bob Dinovo, a Navy veteran and one of the commissioners of the Westmere Fire Department.
Dinovo said the United States is at war because of the attacks, and the country lost close to 3,000 people on that day and another 4,000 since in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"A lot of young people are being killed, men and women," he said.""