In response to the events of this week, I have put together a website that appears at the following links:

Rather than try to describe the purpose of the site, I have included the first three paragraphs from the site itself, which should explain everything. I need your help though, in communicating this e-mail to as many people as possible. Without news of the site being made known, the family members and friends will not know where to express these thoughts. Please forward this e-mail to as many people as posssible, and post news of it's existence on all pertinent bulletin boards and message forums. The internet is a big place, and I can't reach it all alone.

On September 11, 2001, two unspeakable acts were perpetrated on the people of the United States in New York City and Washington DC. For many, the disbelief of these acts turned to absolute horror as one tower and then the other of the World Trade Center in New York City collapsed. The loss of life, although not yet measured in numbers, will truly be catastrophic.
News reports refer to the loss of public safety responders, but do not mention how these responders are different from others involved in this tragedy. It is the members of the public safety community that went into these buildings while everyone else was fighting to get out. Simply because it was their job.

This will be the largest single loss of public safety responders in the line of duty in the history of the United States. Because of the staggering numbers involved, the news media will only be able to give a brief moment of remembrance to those that made the supreme sacrifice. I have put this site together to allow the families and friends of these brave responders to share their memories of these heroic individuals with the world. By doing this, I hope to raise awareness in the world that the people we take for granted every day as civil servants are not just a faceless portion of our government at work, or numbers on a list, but brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children and grandchildren of people who have survived, and must live with the bittersweet pride that their loved ones died while helping others-simply because it was their job.

Ed Burke
Boston Citywide Fire Radio Car 173
Boston EMS EMT 738