The late Captain Vernon Richard was an African American fire fighter who was raised in the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, New York. On Sept. 11, 2001 he entered the World Trade Center in New York and never returned. His heroism was displayed twice. Once as a Vietnam Veteran and then as a New York City fire fighter. He was a proponent of education and excellence. His former childhood community would like to rename The Foundation Academy to The Captain Vernon Richard Academy in his honor. Vernon exemplified the core values of excellence, courage and community service. We would like to inspire future generations to achieve the same goals. Vernon was an American hero and Brooklyn native son. By naming a school in his former community, his legacy will live on.