Thorn wrote:My day started meeting a friend at a local coffee house. My wife called me on my cell phone to say she'd heard the first tower was hit by a plane. By the time my friend and I found a TV in the bar next door, the second plane had hit and we knew it was no accident. As I drove back to my home there were early reports that the Pentagon had been bombed and that a third plane had been shot down by military jet fighters in Pennsylvania. Obviously in retrospect not quite right, but as I said, these were early reports.
At home I worked the phones and email trying to locate various relatives and friends, all while keeping one eye on MSNBC. We have large amount of family members, including our son, and friends in NYPD. Most of them had responded to the initial callout and had been assigned to the WTC. In addition we had some in-laws and friends who worked in the WTC at the time. Although quite a few friends of friends died, everyone we knew who was there at the time got out alive. We had some very anxious hours until everyone was located or accounted for, but we were luckier than so many people whose family members never came home.
One of those who never came home was John G."Chip" Chipura, USMC, NYPD, FDNY.
Chip was a young Marine in Lebanon in 1983 when he survived his barracks being bombed. As a NYPD Police Officer he was on duty in 1993 at the World Trade Center and survived the truck bombing. He had transferred to the FDNY in 2001 and was one of the firefighters killed when the towers collapsed. There are those who say that it took the fundamentalists three tries before they finally got Chip.
Please remember the 342 other members of FDNY/EMS and the 37 members of PAPD, as well as these twenty-three of New York's Finest:
P.O. John Perry, 40th Pct.
P.O. James Leahy, 6th Pct.
P.O. Robert Fazio, 13th Pct.
P.O. Moira Smith, 13th Pct.
P.O. Ramon Suarez, Transit District 4
P.O. Mark Ellis, Transit District 4
P.O. Brian McDonnell, E.S.U., Sqd. 1
P.O. John Dallara, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
P.O. Vincent Danz, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Jerome Dominguez, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Walter Weaver, E.S.U., Sqd. 3
P.O. Stephen Driscoll, E.S.U., Sqd. 4
P.O. Ronald Kloepfer, E.S.U., Sqd. 7
P.O. Santos Valentin, E.S.U., Sqd. 7
P.O. Thomas Langone, E.S.U., Sqd. 10
P.O. Paul Talty, E.S.U., Sqd. 10
P.O. Glen Pettit, Police Academy
Det. Joseph Vigiano, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
Det. Claude Richards, E.S.U., Bomb Sqd.
Sgt. Martin Curtin, E.S.U., Sqd. 2
Sgt. John Coughlin, E.S.U., Sqd. 4
Sgt. Rodney Gillis, E.S.U., Sqd. 8
Sgt. Timothy Roy, Transit Division
These were four hundred and three of the men and women running in when everyone else was running out.
NinjaPablo wrote: Picked up a 12 pack that night and went over to a friends house, discussing how much the people who did this were going to pay.
Sad thing is that the ones who did this still haven't paid. At least, not enough.
theprez98 wrote:Apologies for digging up an old thread but I didn't feel starting a new one was warranted...
I came across this video. While I've seen several 9/11 tributes, this one brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me once again why we're doing what we're doing over here.
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