Please God watch over my brothers and sisters and their familes. For some of my brothers and sisters have fallen doing what they love. Take there souls into your light and bless them for what they have done.
My love goes out to every one in NY, DC and the rest of the US. Be strong we will come out of this.
West I-10 FD
A poem I had on my computer
My Brother Has Fallen
My Brother has fallen; no I don't know his name, Have not the same parents still family all the same, He lives in this town, I live in another, It doesn't really matter cause this man is my Brother.
My Brother I call him yet I've never seen his face I have brothers and sisters all over the place, You see I am a Firefighter and our families are one, A tradition for years past from father to son.
Around the world, a brotherhood of unity, A closeness, a bond, most people don't see, I'll watch his back; She'll watch mine, "You go, I go" time after time.
His family's my family, Her family theirs, We're part of one family where everyone cares, I'll look after your kids, please look in on my wife, Should that day finally come when I laid down my life.
We dedicate our lives helping our fellow man, Living day after day doing all that we can, Where ever we're needed whether nighttime or day, To save the life of another we'll step in harm's way.
My Brother has fallen doing what he loved best, And among the Honored, he now stands with the rest For a mile in dress uniform here everyone stands, For my Brother has fallen God, into your hands.
by Rick Martin, Captain
Quiambaug Vol. Fire Co. Stonington, CT
I'm at a loss for words as to what to say to our brothers and sisters with FDNY. As I sit here at the shift computer, my mind still cannot wrap itself around what has ocurred in our great nation. The audacity it must take to strike such a "target" and those who have vowed to serve their fellow man in the fashion of Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement is unfathomable. The best I can do is to say the thoughts and prayers of every member of Local 3876 is with our brothers and sisters in this, our greatest time of need. I have already found the address for contributions to the families of the fallen, but please, if there is any other way this department or it's local can provide support to our brothers and their families, please contact me personally.
Mason County Fire District No. 2
IAFF Local 3876
I would just like to add this verse I've come across. may our brothers be served there losses by all of us in this feild wuth regret and respect
I lost a dear friend today that I never even knew. Oh, I recognized the face I'd seen so many times before. Covered with soot, dirt and sweat and showing the pain from a body pushed way beyond the limit. I didn't know his hobbies or his favorite foods; until today I didn't even know the name. It didn't matter at the moment if the name was Bill or Larry or Monica or Sue. What mattered most was that the loss was a fellow firefighter.
You see, being a firefighter is much more than showing up for work and drawing a paycheck. It's a commitment to your fellow man to be there when you are needed. It's a brotherhood of individuals with a common bond of service to others and a giving of your all so that others don't suffer. It's rushing into situations that everyone else is doing everything they can to escape. It's fighting with your entire heart, body and soul to save the life that is so desparately in need of your tender, loving care. It's living the very embodiment of the term "public servant".
My friend lived that commitment to the fullest, which is how I learned the name. In his final call he rushed in as he had so many times before. This time however, he paid the ultimate price. He had always been there for others, but now we gather for him. This we do to pay our respects for a hero; not because he died, but because he lived and served his fellow man well. As we pay our respects we pause and realize that for some greater reason unknown to us, there lies my friend instead of me. As I ponder the events that led me here, words alone cannot express the intense sorrow and yet, overwhelming pride that is felt. Until today, I didn't know the name but I knew him well...my friend was a fellow firefighter.
Dedicated to all who have served their fellow man and made their final call.
3-3-5, Ring it loud. Today is a sad day for the FDNY and the nation as a whole. God bless all those who are stricken by this horrific event that will forever shape history. :(
On behalf of Taunton Fire Company of Medford, NJ I would like to express our condolences on the loss of brother and sister members of FDNY, FDNY EMS and the NYPD. You will never be forgotten and will live on in the hearts of the nation. God bless you all.
I am a volunteer fire fighter in a small community South of Brisbane. I woke this morning at 2.00am (our time) and turned on the TV to be numbed by the unfolding scene of destruction. I saw emergency personnel doing what they will always do - go in harms way to help their fellow man. I believe that God keeps such people in the palms of his hands. No amount of soft words will resolve the pain of those who are family, friends and love-ones of our universal 'mates'. Just know that many of us carry a sense of numbness an hope that you who are left and desparately trying to deal with this tragedy are careful. Our thoughts are with you all!
[ 09-12-2001: Message edited by: Foz3656 ]
To our fallen brothers of the FDNY.
For many of us this is a day we hope never takes place, but today the last alarm sounded for many of our fellow firefighters in New York and Washington.
Our prayers are with those brave men and women who worked their last alarm today.
Sincerest condolances to family, friends and colleagues of our fallen brothers.
Our station flag will be flying at half mast in respect.
In memory of our fallen comrades.
Lommel Fire Department
GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMEN OF FDNY AND THE NYPD....I PRAY FOR GOD TO GIVE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF BOTH THE DEPTS THE STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE INCIDENT
GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY THIS ALL OVER THE US :(
Our thoughts and love go out to the FDNY, their friends and family. May you feel the support of your colleagues around the world. God bless.
Words can't express the sorrow I feel for the families of the Fallen, as usual they carry the greatest burden. Sadly this time their worst fear was realised.
So many, I'm immeasurably saddened.
The members of the Roulette Chemical Engine Company #1 whis to express our deepest sympathy to our fallen brothers and sisters and their familes...
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.
As a firefighter veteran it is difficult to see such a devastating loss of Ems personnel as well as the many private citizens. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all that have lost their lives in this tragedy. It is times like this we need to all pull together and pray for the safe return of as many human lives as possible.
We don't know what to say...We can't believe it. The hole thoughts of the Munich Fire Department are with our New York and Washington brothers in this tragedy.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL
and good luck
You lived up to your name today, New Yorks Bravest. Can not possibly imagine what you are going through. As seen on TV here in Australia, your will to carry on in these extreme circumstances is a credit to you all,thinking of you all in this terrible time
Without Struggle There Is No Progress.
[ 09-12-2001: Message edited by: Crankville ]
We send our prayers for our fallen brothers and sisters and the rescuers still working and digging. God help us to continue in this noble job that we do. May He help the families and friends of the fallen to overcome their grief and pain.
Our thoughts and prayers, go out to the families of the brave men and women from the FDNY - that have fallen in the line of duty. And to the valiant men and women that must persevere in protecting human life - while grieving the loss of their colleagues.
James Radice (USAF Retired) & Cheryl Radice
Long Island, New York
This is to all of New Yorks Bravest who sadly passed away.
We are all feeling for you in the UK as Firefighters.
London Fire Brigade
[ 09-14-2001: Message edited by: Ritchie Brockies ]
Words cannot express....
May God have mercy...for those who have perished..and those left behind...
Your Canadian Brothers and Sisters are laiden with a heavy heart...never to forget the sacrifice made...
Cpl T.D. MacDonald
This is a moment of incredible disaster upon our fellow brothers and sisters in Emergency Services.
This is a moment where everyone has to stand together to comfort those who lost their loved ones.
Please accept the condolences and sympathy of the Yarmouth Fire Department for the Officers and Firefighters of the NYFD who fell in the line of duty yesterday. As always, the fire department was there to perform their acts of humanity.
Such a loss of our extended family is being felt across the continent. Again, please accept our deepest sorrow and prayers at the loss of so many of your members from such cowardly acts.
Kenneth L. Kelly
Yarmouth Fire Department
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia