9/11 memorial vandalized in upstate New York

Memorial dedicated to first responders

By Leah Asmelash, CNN
Geneva Police via CNN

The memorial, dedicated to 9/11 first responders, is on the shore of Seneca Lake.

GENEVA, New York (CNN) - Police are investigating after a 9/11 memorial dedicated to first responders was found vandalized early this week in Geneva, New York.

Police received a complaint of spray-painted "scribbles" on the memorial, though there didn't seem to be anything specific written, assistant city manager Adam Blowers told CNN.

The memorial, located on Long Pier on Seneca Lake, was installed in September 2016, according to CNN affiliate WHAM.

Phillip Herrick, a Geneva resident, told CNN affiliate WROC he doesn't think the damage is significant.

"I think it's kids being kids, doing stupid stuff," he said. "I come down here all the time and find garbage left from damage done by kids."

But Blowers isn't taking it so lightly.

"To see something like that is really tough, because you know those people," he told WROC. "The firefighters, the police officers, EMTs -- all those first responders. And to have the work that they do be treated that way is sort of unfortunate."

Geneva sits on the northern end of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, about 40 miles west of Syracuse.

CNN's Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.

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