In a strange twist of fate, Ron Clifford escaped the WTC unaware that his sister and niece were on the plane that crashed into the North Tower. ℘℘℘ United Flight 175, a Boeing 767 non-stop from Boston's Logan Airport to Los Angeles with seven flight attendants and 56 passengers on board, rolled back from Gate 19 shortly after 7:45 a.m. on September 11th. The captain was … [Read more...] about Fire in the Morning
"Fear of attack on home soil is a new feeling for this generation of Americans. The crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt has been working practically non-stop since September 11 to combat terrorism. We feel fortunate in that unlike most Americans, we were actually in a position to take action in response to the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon."
These words of Captain Richard J. … [Read more...] about USS Theodore Roosevelt:
Operation Enduring Freedom
Her name was Moira Ann Smith and she was a good cop from the neighborhood where I lived. I don't know that I ever saw her on patrol in the Stuyvesant Town and Gramercy Park areas of Manhattan where she patrolled from the 13th Precinct. But in the days and weeks after September 11, I saw her face every day on the Missing posters along with her partner Robert Fazio, another good … [Read more...] about Farewell to a Cop With a Heart
Love, courage and the kindness of strangers. And now, memory crashes all of 2001 into the 100 minutes between 8:48 and 10:28 of that morning in September. When the clock ran out and the losses were counted, the lists of the missing turned out to be rich with Kevins and Brians, Patricks and Moiras, Seans and Anns. Among the 2,874 names of those lost at the World Trade Center, … [Read more...] about Standing Tall
Practicing "taps" prior to firefighter Michael Lynch's memorial service. "What kind of guy was Michael Lynch?" "I'll tell you what he was," said one of his firefighter coworkers. "There are two different kinds of guys that get on the Department. Those that got on the job, and those that get into the job. He was a guy that got into his work." Lynch was just 33 years old, … [Read more...] about The Final Note