Just weeks before September 11, 2001, Julian Miles Davis, then only 9-years-old, went to a baseball game with his dad Clinton, who was a Port Authority Officer. It was one of his last fond memories with his father.
“Baseball was always our thing, we would always go to games,” said Davis.
Thursday night he was part of another memorable game. The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund hosted its 32nd Annual Family Day. Each year, the non-profit teams up with the Mets to bring more than 800 families of fallen heroes to the ballpark.
"It's a special night for families that have had this tragedy in their lives," said Rusty Staub, a former player for the Mets.
Staub founded a nonprofit oranization in 1985 that has raised more than $130 million dollars to help the families of first-responders killed in the line of duty.
The baseball legend says his organization has one mission: "To make sure these families have some assistance financially, and emotionally."
Before seeing the Mets take on the Cubs, families stepped right up to a pre-game picnic, with special appearances by FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. Families also met with the Mets star who made their special day possible.
"Before this day is over I will have cried more than once," said Staub. "Because the wives and their kids, they come up to me crying and they get me."
Organizers say this year's event will honor the upcoming 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Children of three fallen New York heroes from 9/11 will toss out the first pitch.
"We will never forget,” said Commissioner Nigro. “We said it, it's the truth, we will commemorate 15 and we will keep commemorating every year."
The terror attacks also changed Staub's nonprofit forever.
"We went from 350 families to about 725," he recalled.
Kelly Talty was just a newborn when her father Paul, an NYPD officer, rushed to World Trade Center.
"It's really nice that they remember us and remember the sacrifice our loved ones have made,” she said.
And to many who attended, the event was a home run for honoring the lives of our city's heroes.