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LI's Josephine Smith of the FDNY featured on 'NBC Nightly News'

Josephine Smith, one of four women graduating from

Josephine Smith, one of four women graduating from the FDNY probationary program, is congratulated by Lt. Michael Cacciola after receiving her diploma. The event was held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Credit: Linda Rosier

Anyone watching "Nightly News with Brian Williams" Tuesday night and who vividly recalled the tragedy of Kevin Smith -- Bethage (and Mastic) native and one of 343 firefighters who died on Nine Eleven -- was rewarded with this: A moving tribute to his daughter, Josephine, 34, a member of the 280-strong graduating class honored during an FDNY ceremony in Brooklyn yesterday. 

  Here's a look at the story again -- and I think it worth noting that "Nightly" and Williams over the years have done a standout job covering the long aftermath of Nine Eleven, with an obvious recognition of the fact that it remains very much front and center in the lives of many, many thousands of New Yorkers, as well as in the lives of so many others from the Tri-State area. Williams, after all, is a native of Middletown, N.J. -- the central Jersey town that lost 37 residents that day, or the most casualties per capita of any town in the state. (Williams was also a volunteer fireman back in the day, before his TV news years.) 

  As yet another example, this piece on Smith reflects this broadcast's on-going commitment to the story that remains with so many people every day, so...kudos. 

 Meanwhile, here's Candice Ruud's story from Newsday. 

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