Always Remember

Share sentiments about the loss of 343 FDNY firefighters in the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the impact of that sad and traumatic day on the North American fire service, the lessons learned by the fire-fighting brotherhood and the new world in which we live.
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Always Remember

Postby LTPVFD » Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:55 am

I woke up on the morning of September 11th, and turned on the radio. It mentioned that the World Trade Centre had been attacked, and that both towers had collapsed. Quickly jumping out of bed, racing to the television, turning on CNN, it was quite apparent that the U.S. was under attack. Then it was announced that a plane had hit the Pentagon, and another had crashed in Pennsylvania. Made the magnitude of the day that much bigger.

I watched for days on end as the rescuers dug through Ground Zero, hoping to find survivors. Unfortunately that was not to be.

We held a rememberance ceremony at the Cenotaph, which was very well attended by the public. Everyone wore black ribbons, and understandably the mood was very sombre, public and firefighters alike. Holding back the tears was difficult, especially when someone from the public would come up, shake your hand, and thank you for what you do.

Ten years later the memories are just as vivid. 343 brothers and sisters lost in the FDNY, 23 NYPD members lost, and 37 Port Authority police officers. Since 9-11 another 55 plus have perished due to illness related to working at the site, and no doubt may more will succumb in the following years.

Lets hope our law enforcement and intelligence networks work diligently to prevent this from every happening again.

To those who have lost their lives - Rest in Peace. To the families of those who were lost - time will heal, however the memories of your loved ones, and the sacrifices they made will never be forgotten.

Stay safe everyone.

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