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Retired 9/11 Cop Richard Wentz Told To Take Down Flag

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11/21/2011 04:32 AM ET

Richard Wentz Flag - Richard Wentz is being forced to take down his 9/11 flag. The retired 9/11 cop was told to take it down by his Coral Springs, Florida, homeowners’ association. The same New York City police officer who helped victims out of the World Trade Center has been given a 10 day notice or face fines and legal action.

“That flag means the world to me. Other than my children, that flag means the world to me,” said Wentz. 

Wentz lives in the Fairways at Heron Bay. The commemorative flag lists the names of everyone who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and is a replica of the ones placed in Battery Park during the 10th anniversary of the attacks. 

“When I received the letter, I actually stood out in front of the house yelling in anger about it,” Wentz said. 

Wentz, a retired New York City police officer, said he ran into the Tower 1 and started pulling out people before the building collapsed. Wentz said he lost 43 friends and colleagues that day. The inside of his home is a shrine to the friends he lost. 

Wentz now has cancer, he said, from breathing in all the particles during the cleanup of Ground Zero. 

The letter from the Fairways at Heron Bay association said the flag detracts from the aesthetic harmony of the surrounding properties.He said he was confronted by Patricia Favata, president of the Board of Directors. 

“She pushed the issue and said, ‘Do we really need to get lawyers involved?’ Her demeanor got very nasty,” Wentz said. 

No one was at Favata’s home when Local 10 tried to talk to her. 

Several neighbors said they are disgusted.

“He was involved in 9-11, and what he went through, he deserves to have the flag up there. I think it’s an honor in our neighborhood to have the flag up,” said resident Irene Skulsky. 

“That flag doesn’t bother me at all and shouldn’t be taken down,” added another neighbor. 

Wentz refuses to take it down.

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