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Miss you my friend.
*** Posted by Jennifer Woods on 2008-09-11 ***
Gerard, we never met. I am a police officer in South Chicago Heights, Illinois. I want to say, "thank you," for your commitment and godspeed. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts....
*** Posted by John Dewan on 2008-04-30 ***
I met Gerard years ago through a mutual friend, Richard Callahan. Although I was only in his presence for several hours, he made a big impact on me, and I could tell what a great and funny guy he was. What a shock it was when I found out that he died on that terrible day. I moved back to Roslindale a couple of years ago, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I lived next door to his memorial on the corner of Wellsmere Road and Wellsmere Terrace. Even though our paths had never crossed again, he and his family are often in my thoughts as I leave my house.
*** Posted by Annemarie Walsh on 2007-11-14 ***
I am an English lady living in Arizona. My path would never have crossed with Gerard Dewan in life. But his passing has touched my soul forever. I went to a Memorial called the Healing Fields in Tempe, AZ. An American Flag for each and every soul lost on 9/11 was planted in a field. As I and my children wandered through the thousands of beautiful flags, we stopped by Gerard Dewans. His was the one we picked to take home. (Every year we go and buy a flag, the money from the flags goes to the families of the fallen that day). Every day I set out his flag in my front yard and bring it in at sundown. Every day I say a prayer for him and his family. Only today did I look him up to see who he was. I see his face now as I honor him and all of those unknown people. I hope his family know that as far away as Arizona, my family feel your pain and are so thankful for heroes like Gerard Dewan.
*** Posted by Naomi Hancock on 2007-09-17 ***
I know that we must be related somewhere in the past. And when I saw your name and picture, I felt like I had lost a brother. God bless you, Gerard, you have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We will remember you forever.
*** Posted by Patrick Dewan on 2007-02-06 ***
I did not know "Gerry" Dewan and it was only today 9/12/06 that I realized a fellow Dewan was one of the many heroes taken from us on 9/11. I wish to express my sincere condolences.
I am from Canada and stand with you all. It means a lot to me personally to know that a "Dewan" spent his life dedicated to saving the lives of so many others. God speed.
*** Posted by Lana Thomas (nee Dewan) on 2006-09-12 ***
I dated Gerard about 12-15 years ago. I can't remember exactly when. But what I can remember about Gerard, is the burning desire he had to be a firefighter. He was so determined. I knew some day his dream would come true. Gerard had a big heart and a sweet smile. He just wanted to be a Jake.... My thoughts are with you, Gerard, and your family.
*** Posted by Amy Santangelo on 2006-09-11 ***
From Gerard's terrible death has risen a legacy that ensures future generations will be forever grateful for his sacrifice. He, and all who died that day, remains in our prayers. This poem is dedicated in Gerry's memory, and the memory of his fellow firefighters.
AT THE FRONT DOOR
Morning dew blankets everything but the soul
and dawn finds the children cold and lonely.
Whereís daddy? They want to know
as tears against their cheeks glow
for they miss their one and only.
What to say?
You must find a way
as all of you pray
in the light of a sun
that went down on fun
and daddy and all of you.
Not long ago in the smoldering blaze
of a tenebrous haze
answering a call to arms
of multiple alarms.
He always left with a hug
and your hearts would tug
Not to fret
you can bet
itís generations of duty
therein the beauty
of fulfilling a dream
that held always the threat of a scream
in the night
the static fright
of something not right.
So the moment came
when at the front door the threshold was crossed
saying his life was just lost
Without grabbing at blame
or perhaps a mistaken name
you had to choke
amidst your chill
due to the smoke
all that remained
of his gear in the frost.
You fought the tear
because the children stood near
And somehow you all found
your way around
a house so full of love but so stark
And the dawn turns to dark
and a new day.
Your spirit stands upright
and that despite
a weight that would bend
those with a lesser cross
who have not yet felt the loss
all sisters and brothers
who get the news
because of a life they choose
that gone is their best friend.
There is no end
to the flame in your heart; eternal embers so warm
calm the storm
from that day so gray
Only your strength could find a way
to help us to this day
All the while
the love you miss
you donít want to forget
from the day you first met
he told you this:
ďItís what I love
thank God above
not more than He nor you
Iíll answer every call
Itís my duty, thatís all
a job I have to do.
If you donít mind
look ahead not behind
Ďcause this is true for sure
When He says itís time for you to come home
You wonít be alone
Iíll be waitingÖ
at the front door.
*** Posted by Frank Sullivan on 2006-09-08 ***
I met Gerard at Engine 293 - Wood Haven Wildcats. He was sweet person who loved life, his family and brother firefighters. He will forever be missed. Rest in peace!
*** Posted by Gerard P. Dewan on 2006-03-26 ***
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