Way to go: Katherine Curran, Islip

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Katherine Curran put her artistic abilities to use in a tribute to fallen heroes.

The Islip High School senior has designed a commemorative lapel pin as a tribute to the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. She made the pins at the request of Michael Fitall, a family friend and a lieutenant in FDNY Ladder Company 143.

Curran's creation features three United States flags, the Twin Towers, and the number 343 -- along with the fateful date and the slogan: "Never Forget."

"I would like this tribute to reflect not only the memory of that day, but also the 343 flags that honor all of the firefighters at every St. Patrick's Day Parade," Fitall said.

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Curran designed the image in watercolors, school officials said, and received her own copy of the pin and a personal thank-you letter from FDNY Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. Her father, Thomas, an FDNY lieutenant at the time, was not harmed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Outside of school, Curran has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and volunteers doing seasonal craft projects with children at the South Shore Community Organization, an Islip youth agency that offers tutoring, community service and employment programs.

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