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Former fire chief opposes 9/11 Memorial fee

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Retired FDNY Chief Jim Riches lost his son, firefighter Jimmy Riches, on 9/11.

He spoke out against the plan to charge visitors who reserve passes online or over the phone a $2 fee to visit the 9/11 memorial.

Riches died in the north tower on the day before his 30th birthday.

"This is supposed to billed as a memorial, not a money-making tourist attraction. They have a $62M annual budget. It should be suggested donations. Everyone should be able to go to the memorial, rich and poor," said Riches.

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