The Bravo Network is responding to PIX 11′s questions about one of its reality shows by taking action. This comes after the family of a fallen hero says they felt disrespected by a recent episode that was filmed at the Jonathan Ielpi Memorial Park in Great Neck Plaza. Anger swept over Melissa Ielpi-Brengel while she was watching the Bravo reality tv show ‘Princesses: Long Island’, which follows six pampered Long Island women who live with their parents.
In Sunday’s episode, one of the so-called princesses who was doing a photo shoot to promote her product, incorporated a FDNY memorial and 9/11 statue from the Jonathan Ielpi Memorial Park.
The scene shows Amanda Bertoncini doing a photo shoot for her product (a piece of fabric that wraps around any sort of drink can or bottle) at the FDNY memorial where one of the models is hanging on the bronze statue of firefighter Jonathan Ielpi. You can hear the photographer tell the model, “Kiss the fireman, try to feed him the beer.” Then Bertoncini exclaims, “Yeah, feed him the beer! Then act scared.”
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Last week, firefighters attending FDIC in Indianapolis made the climb (Previous STATter911.com coverage of the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at FDIC is here). Wednesday, firefighters stepped it up at Hilton Washington to honor the 343 honor firefighters who lost their lives on 9-11. The event was co-hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Among these doing the climb were Prince George's County Fire/.EMS Department Chief Marc Bashoor and a class of PGFD recruits.
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Scenes from Wednesday's climb: