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In Tribute to Jonathan Eric Briley
43 years old.   Residence: Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Died in World Trade Center

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To Jonathan Briley, the one man who stands for many:

May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

*** Posted by Michelle Curry on 2010-05-22 ***

I feel your pain—not just his, but that of the others who perished. I'm fourteen years old, and I was only about five years old when 9-11 happened. I could only remember vaguely what happened, and I knew people died, but I didn't realize how many. Now that I am older, I've studied it, and it really interested me. I've watched many documentaries on this, but recently I watched "The Falling Man." I had no idea he would be identified. But Jonathan seemed like a caring person. He had no way of getting out, and I would have done the same thing he did. I'm really sympathetic towards all who knew him. Anyway, I've written this to show that I've thought about this tragedy, and I understand. Again, may all those who perished—including Jonathan, the jumpers, those aboard the plane,  and the rescuers—rest in peace and live well in heaven.

Lots of love,

*** Posted by ranvia johal on 2010-05-22 ***

from Paris

Dear Jon, sweet angel

Which sadness to notice that even years later the conflicts continue and the other deaths are to regret...
This cursed fate do not have you to leave a wide selection the death or the death
Then you decided on good moment,
I respect you for this

Up to the end you did not let the human fire become enraged

Rest in peace dear angel
The love and the peace will resist in this configuration of furious madmen

*** Posted by Saby Jahnais PAPEAU on 2010-04-15 ***

I saw images of people falling from the twin towers on 9/11. I was in high school then, and I remember watching them on the news while at school. The videos and pictures impacted me in a way that I can't explain. Those images faded from public sight within a few days. I never forgot them. I don't know if you are in one of the pictures, but I do know that everyone who was in the towers that day was brave and strong. The people who fell put a face on the suffering of all who were trapped.

*** Posted by Andrea on 2010-02-23 ***


Your very public death was witnessed by millions, but your private resurrection in paradise was only for you and God. I pray for your family and send them my love. I am an Irish mother and grandmother, and my heart reaches across the Atlantic ocean to your shores. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

*** Posted by louise doherty on 2010-02-20 ***

Dear Jonathan (and family),

There are not many people whose lives can touch those they have never met, but you have touched so many people.

Even if you are the man in the photograph, you are still not just "the falling man"—without ever having met you, I know you were so much more to your friends, family, and now ... even to strangers.

Your story touches us all as a wonderful fellow human being.

I am sure that you, and all the victims of 9/11, "fell" into God's hands and into our hearts.

God bless you,
Chaz Smith

*** Posted by Chaz Smith on 2010-02-10 ***


Your image has haunted me for years. Now that I know who you are, the fear and despair of the "falling man" image is replaced by love and happier images of you in life. "Thank you" to the journalists who gave you back your name, at least to those of us who didn't have the pleasure of meeting you in life. Although I used to go dancing at Windows on the World, so who knows, right? Thanks for the music, for doing the sound—I had some good times up there. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace.

*** Posted by Tim on 2010-01-13 ***

We are from the United Kingdom, and we have just watched the traumatic documentary, "The falling man." Rest in peace to all those who died on 9/11/01.

x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

*** Posted by Emma and Aaron Kidd on 2009-12-29 ***

I just viewed the "Falling Man" documentary and was touched. He took his life in his hands and on his terms. God bless Jonathan and his family. We will never forget 9/11 or the victims.

*** Posted by Jim Klein on 2009-12-18 ***

R.I.P., Jonathan. I did not know you personally, but I learned about you in the "Falling Man" documentary. The image of you literally took my breath away. I could only imagine the horrifying experience that you underwent up in the tower on that tragic day. You were a brave man for making a drastic decision like that because I know I wouldn't have the guts to do that. Anyways, the words of the people in the documentary, like those of your mother, touched the very depths of my soul, and I wish I had had the chance to know you. I hope you're in a better place and are at peace.

*** Posted by andrew kraeft on 2009-11-28 ***

I met you thru "The Falling Man" documentary. The words from your mom are so deep and meaningful. I lost my only biological and dearest brother a few years ago, and I can only imagine the pain your family feels because not day goes by that I don't remember him.

I hope you are in heaven waiting for us all at our final destination. Rest in peace, brave man.

*** Posted by Diana Aribariho on 2009-11-26 ***

Don't know what to say. Sad, sad, sad, sad.

*** Posted by carney bowman jr on 2009-11-15 ***

I am thinking of your Jonathan once again as the holidays approach. How you must miss him! I didn't know your son and don't know if that was him falling into God's arms that day. But I want you to know that the way he lived and the way he died is a reminder to me of God's grace, of peaceful acceptance and surrender to God's will. For that reminder I am truly grateful. May I know faith like your Jonathan, and may you and Jonathan feel God's love surrounding you today and every day.

*** Posted by Toronto, Canada on 2009-11-15 ***

I hope that I meet you some day, Jon, and I'm sure that I will.

*** Posted by Danny on 2009-11-09 ***

Thank you for opening my eyes to the tragic events of that day....

*** Posted by Jeff Ernst on 2009-10-22 ***

May God be with you! Our prayers are!

*** Posted by Elaine on 2009-10-20 ***

"God is closest to the broken hearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed."

*** Posted by Jacqueline-Marie (grade 6, St.Catherine's) on 2009-10-14 ***

Rest in peace. You really touched my heart. God bless

*** Posted by Angie on 2009-10-10 ***

Hope the big guy is looking after you up there. Thoughts and prayers from Great Britain, God bless.

*** Posted by Jordan on 2009-09-14 ***

God bless you, and help us forgive.

*** Posted by Chris on 2009-09-13 ***

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