Twelve Years Ago…

Today is the 12th anniversary of September 11th.

Around the World, Firefighters will be reflecting on the single greatest Line of Duty Death incident of their Brothers. 343 Firefighters died that day. Others have perished since due to illnesses related to the recovery and clean up efforts.

I remember that day… The World Trade Center, Shanksville, The Pentagon.

I have taught my children about what happened. It is important to me that they understand the importance of the day. This past year I took my family to Ground Zero. I was amazed by their knowledge, reverence, and questions about that day.

I remember where I was twelve years ago, what I was doing, and how I felt. We all do.

My son, Preston, at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Maryland a couple of years ago. He climbed in silence. He will never forget.

Take a minute today (or the next time you are in the firehouse) to talk about September 11th with the younger firefighters who weren’t on the job/volunteering when it happened.

Make sure they understand.

Let them watch the Naudet Documentary (link)

Take a moment of Silence today to reflect on our fallen Brothers.

Make sure they NEVER FORGET.

As for me, I am going to climb this morning with a good friend and Brother. I just decided last night. It will be his first climb and I cannot let him do it alone. 

Click the links below to read the names of the victims of September 11th.

Flight 11 – North Tower

Flight 93 – Shanksville

Flight 77 – Pentagon

Flight 175 – South Tower

The Pentagon

World Trade Center

343 FDNY Brothers