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Ten years after: we remember the fallen
firefighters, policemen, rescue workers.

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We want to especially remember the firefighters, the policemen, the medical personnel, rescue workers, and all the common people who helped others on the attack sites during the actual disaster days, and those who helped to clean up in the aftermath of 9-11-01.  Some of them accomplished some truly heroic tasks, and deserve to be called heroes!

These people did save some lives, helped multitudes of people on the attack sites, and accomplished the tremendous task of clearing all the dead bodies, rubble, and debris from the destroyed buildings and aircrafts.  They didn't concern themselves with their own comfort but unselfishly were more concerned about others - even to the point of losing their lives.  "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Firehouse.com has a list of the rescue personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. There were 346 people who died that day.


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Those involved in the clean-up worked sometimes in very unhealthy conditions breathing dust and smoke all day long.  They went through the emotional turmoil of finding body parts, but also found wedding rings to give as a small memorial to the families of the deceased.
Read stories of the FDNY firefighters at Ground Zero

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A Hero

A charity song for children who lost
a firefighter/police parent in the 911 attack.

The morning froze in silence
as the terror filled our hearts
we stared in disbelief at what we saw.
Through the dust we felt so helpless,
wishing that we could have known.
We hold our families close, as we watched them fall.

Some people didn't waiver, they had a job to do.
There was nothing that could keep them away...

Oh, it's a special kind of hero
who would sacrifice themselves - so I could spend another day with you.
And for all the fallen heroes who saved a life that day
your courage unites a nation, and we'll remember you.

So many people crying, walking in a daze
holding pictures of their loved ones
through an empty haze.
Our Heroes didnt falter, they held out a helping hand
remembering their own children, as they rushed inside again.

They didnt waiver, they had a job to do
and some never made it home that day.

Oooh well remember you. We honor you, salute,
respect and cherish you.
Not many people can do the duty that
you knew on that cold September day.

Lyrics by Amy Matthew ASCAP 2008,
music by Karen Mack from KAR Records.

Click here to hear this beautiful song ("A Hero").

 

 

 

Firefighters don't feel like they are heroes

After the 9-11 attack firefighters across the country have heard themselves called heroes, but many are uncomfortable with that label.  They feel they are working stiffs, a down-to-earth, modest lot, and that the words hero and heroism should be restricted to those whose names are etched on the wall in Memorial Park.

"I'm not a hero. I don't go to work to get a pat on the back. I don't feel like a hero. Most guys you talk to are uncomfortable with the term. We're just doing our jobs," says Kenny Haskell, whose two firefighter brothers died when the towers collapsed.

This picture from Stock Exchng is not from the 9-11 event, but is just showing a firefighter doing his job.
Kenny, also a firefighter, was off that day but rushed to the scene. He spent the next two months looking for his brothers' bodies, only one of which was recovered.

 

That is such a good attitude!  A true hero is a person who does something for another person and risks their own life or makes a big sacrifice while doing so.  We could say that true heroes are unselfish and prefer others, and have the courage to do something for them in difficult situations.  But we don't perceive true heroism and pride going together.

According to Webster's Dictionary the English word hero comes originally from a word that means to watch over, protect.  The firefighters who even at this very moment are fulfilling their task, are truly protecting and watching over all of our safety and wellbeing in dangerous situations.  They deserve to be honored, whether they have lost their lives serving others, or are still alive.  Firefighters are not concerned about fame and being called 'heroes' but want to stay meek with low profile.  That shows that they are really concerned for others and are doing their job out of willingness to serve, not for the desire to be lifted up and be admired by other people.

 

 

 

Why


GRIEF AND SORROW STRUCK THIS NATION
IN AN UNEXPLAINABLE WAY
LEAVING US SURROUNDED BY TEARS AND SORROW
AND ONLY ONE THING LEFT TO SAY

WHY
WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN
WHAT DID WE DO THAT WAS SO WRONG
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE OUR LOVED ONES
HOW DO WE REPLACE WHAT IS GONE

BUT WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY
WE WILL STAND UP AND FIGHT
UNITED WE WILL STAND TOGETHER
FOR WHAT IS TRUE FOR WHAT IS RIGHT

HERO'S ROSE OUT OF THE ASHES
TO SAVE A LIFE WE THOUGHT WAS LOST
NEVER THINKING OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN
NEVER CARING WHAT THE COST

THEY DIDNT DO IT FOR THE GLORY
THEY DIDNT DO IT FOR THE FAME
THEY ONLY DID WHAT THEY KNEW WAS RIGHT
THEY ARE OUR HERO'S THAT HAVE NO NAME

UNITED WE CAN BUILD A BETTER TOMORROW
LET US FINISH WHAT THEY BEGAN TO START
LET US SAY A PRAYER FOR THEM TOGETHER
AND KEEP THEM CLOSE IN OUR HEART

A poem by anonymous visitor to our website on 9-11-2005

 

 

 






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