Much like a news reporter, my job as the Public Information Officer is to provide the community with facts and objective reports. However on this eve of the 9/11 terror attacks on our nation, I can’t help but put my feelings and the feelings of just about everyone in the fire service into a more personal perspective.
Three hundred and forty three of our fire department family members died that day. We may have never met face to face, but we are one big family. People who, if we showed up unannounced at the door of their firehouse would invite us in for a cup of coffee, a chat or lend any help needed. That’s how we treat each other in the fire service. This is Brotherhood. The dedication and compassion we give to the public is no less and it was showcased beyond a doubt on September 11, 2001.
Remember the feeling you had, 17 years ago on that day? That painful feeling in the pit of your stomach as you watched the events unfold on the nearest TV? The hurt in your heart? All followed by the sense of community, love for your fellow Americans and the willingness to help others? Well, this year, every year and all the days in between, we ask that you never erase those memories from your mind or feelings from your heart. Pass those feelings on to your kids and those not old enough to remember. Take a moment on a routine basis to donate blood, help at a homeless shelter or find a cause close to your heart to spend some time reflecting on the compassion we had for our fellow man at that point in time.
That, my friends, is how we will “Never Forget.”
~World Trade Center, New York City, NY
~The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
~Flight 93, Shanksville, PA