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Back in the day Windsor Terrace was filled with strong families. They were friendly, outgoing and hard working.

One family in particular comes to mind when I think of the traits mentioned above.  They lived on Terrace Place, right off Prospect Avenue.

They were a large family (like many other wonderful families in the neighborhood). Good athletes, caring people, down to earth and most of all, always available!

The oldest son was a great basketball player. He was one of the best from the neighborhood. Some say he is one of the best to ever play for the FDNY (they used to have a league, not sure if they still do) but I believe he scored the most points ever in the league! He played his college ball at Iona.

I played ball in Holy Name with the youngest son.

Their youngest daughter married my cousin.

I’m talking about The Riches!

During 9/11 at the World Trade Center Jimmy, (a deputy fire chief in the FDNY) who is the oldest Riches, lost his son James Jr. who at the time was a NYC firefighter.

Along with Jimmy, there was Roddy, Margie, Tommy, Eileen, Beatrice and John.

I came across this guest book dedicated to our fallen hero. Feel free to leave a message.

Jimmy Riches