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Never Forget....

Who could have ever imagined what that beautiful September morning would turn into... the thousands upon thousands of lives impacted. Many, never ever to be the same.

The inscription found below the photos of the members of the firehouse where I was assigned as a fireman that died September 11th, 2001 reads: "There was a time when the world asked ordinary men to do extraordinary things..."

Capt Walter Hynes TL13, Greg Stajk TL13, Tommy Sabella TL13, Vinny Kane E22, Marty McWillams E22, Tom Hetzel TL13, Dennis McHugh TL13, Mike Elferis E22, Tom Casoria E22...

They were indeed 'ordinary' in their own individual ways, some odd, some comical, cynical, some fathers, most fairly handy, smart, a few even mustached... but ALL members of the FDNY... a part of a group of men who helped lead thousands of civilians to safety that horrific day. 343 gave their own lives, while saving others. Ordinary yes, Extraordinary, absolutely

Keep them, their families and those who continue to fight sicknesses related to their time spent searching the rubble for survivors and loved ones remains in your thoughts and prayers this week. In the past 13 years, nearly 100 members have died as a result of their exposure at the world trade center, hundreds more still remain sick...

Hug your loved ones tight tomorrow and every tomorrow, for life in indeed precious and far to short.

Never Forget....

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Comment by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on September 15, 2014 at 7:39pm
Thanks James, I have seen new audio and video every anniversary that drives that home. I miss them dearly, but know the job they did.... we would do again tomorrow if so called.
Comment by James Williams on September 11, 2014 at 2:11pm

They were definitely extraordinary. I just heard the radio traffic of the L15 reaching the 79th floor! That was thruly unbelievable, trying to put out the fire and treating civilians at the same time!

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