To the Brothers and Sisters I take off my hat! In my career I have had many fire calls in highrise structures. The one thought that goes through my head is..... as the first tower started to collapse those inside would have heard the rumbling and knew its signifigance. As many of you have experienced in emergency situations the clock stops running and all time becomes now. Those short seconds would have stretched into a time that not all can recognize. I'm sure they would have made there peace and said their good byes to their families and loved ones during this time period. They would be experiencing simultaneous realities of what was ocurring in normal time and what matters their higher selves were tending to in preparation for their transition. Those in the second tower would have realized the events that were about to unfold for them also, yet they remained steadfast as not only true professionals but as samaritans of the human race; the main ingredient which compels one to serve in such a career in the first place. Again I salute you... and to the loved ones left behind, if you have had concerns, which I am sure you have, know that they are at peace.
*** Posted by Retired Fire Captain Paul Beckingham on 2004-06-18 ***
6 in the morning i woke up in bed,
Sitting down why I'm not dead.
The month is September it is the 12th,
It took me 5 minutes to get a hold of myself.
The last thing i remember was 1 day ago,
Sitting in the office and the chief said," Hello."
All after that is mostly now blurred,
But a new part of history has now accurred.
On that 1 day the Twin Towers went down,
And the fire company got others from town.
2 planes were hijacked just yesterday,
And we won't forget the one's that died on that day.
TO OUR FALLEN BROTHERS, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!
*** Posted by Bill Farmer on 2004-06-14 ***