The other day a close friend forwarded a picture to me. It is a picture looking across the Brooklyn Bridge at the Twin Towers, already burning from the terrorist attacks. Then you realize on the bridge is an FDNY Ladder truck, Ladder 118 to be exact, heading towards the mayhem and destruction that was 9/11. On board that truck were 6 of FDNY's bravest, doing what it is we all do, heading towards those in peril as others run away. Sadly this would be their last ride. All 6 on board would perish when the towers fell. As those 6 brothers rode into eternity, they were united in a common cause; service to their fellow man. It is what they chose to do. It is who they were. Just as it is what we all do and who we are as well. So many times we get caught up in petty bickering or perceived slights with each other. We find fault in our superiors or disagree with decisions made or plans put into place to keep us safer. We are all so blessed and privileged to be a part of such a great profession. This is what it is really all about. Despite our differences and disagreements we all serve a common cause. Remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters on this solemn anniversary. And never forget why it is you are really here. Until next time, stay safe brothers and sisters.