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    Just remember as the 4th anniversity of America's worst day unfolds please stop and remember all 343 of our brothers that made the ultimate sacriface and also all of the innocent civilians. May they all rest in piece.
    GOD BLESS THE FDNY AND THE USA
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    What do you do when 9/11 is your birthday?
    9/11/01 Never forget Never forgive

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    Patriot Day - 9/11

    Few of us need a lesson in the history of Patriot Day. The events leading to the creation of Patriot Day are still vividly etched in our minds, because the day commemorates the horrendous attack on the United States on September 11, 2001. Patriot Day honors the memory of all — Americans and others — who died as a result of the terrorist attack, and recognizes the selflessness and courage of those who aided the rescue and recovery efforts.

    The idea of a special observance on September 11 began on October 25, 2001, when Congressman Vito Fossella of New York introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to designate September 11 as United We Stand Remembrance Day. Fossella's congressional district included neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Staten Island that were home to many firefighters, police officers, and other emergency workers who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.

    The final bill that was passed by both the House and the Senate — Joint Resolution 71 of the 107th Congress — named the observance Patriot Day. It calls for the president to issue a proclamation each year asking:

    -- state and local governments, along with all Americans, to honor the day with appropriate activities and ceremonies
    -- government offices and other institutions to display the American flag at half-staff
    -- all Americans to observe a moment of silence in memory of all the people who died as a result of the attacks

    President George W. Bush signed the bill into law on December 18, 2001.

    Whether people choose to honor the day at public ceremonies or through private reflection, all will agree that although we wish the need for Patriot Day did not exist, we should all treat the occasion as a chance to honor the spirit that brought Americans together in the aftermath of that fateful day.

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    I know three people that were born on September 11th -- it hasn't been an easy 4 years of "celebrating". I guess it's like those born on February 29th -- you celebrate the day before or the day after (except for leap year)...

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    The building housing Engine Company 40 and Ladder Company 35 is on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 66th Street, and because it is on the West Side, its men managed to get to the World Trade Center disaster sooner than many other units. Of the 13 firefighters who jumped aboard the two rigs that morning, only one survived, Kevin Shea, who was apparently knocked unconscious during the collapse of one of the towers and literally blown out of the building.
    In the weeks and months that followed, the men of the firehouse attended a series of services for their fallen comrades from this and other units. At the last of these services for the men of 40/35, on Dec. 10, Capt. James Gormley, the house commander, paid tribute to his colleague, Capt. Francis J. Callahan, a 30-year veteran of the department who was killed on Sept. 11. Captain Gormley eloquently described the complexity of command facing an officer in the New York Fire Department. His eulogy was delivered, fittingly, at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, which the firefighters of 40/35 had been responsible for.



    Captains and lieutenants of the New York City Fire Department share a special relationship with other officers of similar rank. When we meet for the first time we introduce ourselves to each other, we shake hands, we measure each other's resolve and fortitude. At Operations our aggressiveness is based on the trust we share in each other.

    Firefighters and their officers share a different, but also special relationship. Officers very literally lead firefighters into harm's way. We go first. If things go badly we are required by our oath and tradition to be the last of our command to leave. Accountability for our men is carved into our heart. Responsibility for our men, their wives and children are in the depth of our soul.

    This is why we are here today. Capt. Frank Callahan is the ranking officer killed at the World Trade Center from our firehouse. He leaves last. I cannot say he will be the last to ever leave. We live in a dangerous world, and we put our boots and helmets on every day.

    Captains, especially commanding officers of companies in the same quarters, have a unique relationship. We know each other as no else ever will. We are commanding officers of complementary companies. We cannot work successfully without each other. There are not many of us, you could fit us in one fair-sized room. We are not always friends. There is too much at stake, but our respect, and trust in each other, is unquestioned.

    Frank Callahan was more than my friend, to simply call him brother would not do our relationship justice. Frank was my comrade. It's harder to be a comrade than a friend. It's different than being a brother.

    Friends and brothers forgive your mistakes. They are happy to be with you. You can relax and joke with them. You can take your ease with them — tell them tall tales.

    Comrades are different. Comrades forgive nothing. They can't. They need you to be better. They keep you sharp. They take your words literally.

    When a friend dies we miss them, we regret words unspoken, we remember the love. When a brother dies we grieve for the future without him. His endless possibilities. If your brother doesn't die of old age you might never accept the parting. When a comrade dies we miss them, we regret words unspoken, we remember the love, we grieve the future without them. We are also proud. Proud to have known a good man, a better man than ourselves. We respect the need for him to leave, to rest.

    Some people equate camaraderie with being jovial. It is anything but. Camaraderie is sharing hardship. It is shouts and commands, bruises and cuts. It's a sore back and lungs that burn from exertion. It's heat on your neck and a pit in your stomach. It's a grimy handshake and a hug on wet shoulders when we're safe. It's not being asleep when it's your turn on watch. It is trust, it is respect, it is acting honorably.

    You hold your comrade up when he can't stand on his own. You breathe for him when his body's forgotten how. It's lifting a man up who loves his wife and children as much as you love your own. Looking them in the eye for the rest of your life and trying to explain, and not being able to. You kiss them for him. It's laying him down gently when his name appears on God's roll call. It's remembering his name. I'll never forget his name. He was just what he was called: Frank. You never had to chase your answer. He said it to your face.

    It's at the same time being both amazed and proud that you've known men like him. Looking for your reflection in their image. Seeing it. Knowing you're one of them.

    There's a song out of Ireland. A line of it says, "Comrade tread lightly, you're near to a hero's grave." If you ever said that to Frank he would have given you the "look" and pushed past you in the hallway.

    Frank was light on his feet but he never tread anywhere lightly. When Frank did something it was like a sharp axe biting into soft fresh pine, with a strong sure stroke. It was done. It was right. It meant something. It was refreshing. It smelled good.

    Quite often we discussed history. The successes and failures of political, military and social leadership. The depth and broadness of Frank's historical knowledge was astounding.


    I've been told Frank enjoyed a practical joke. We never joked together. Rarely laughed. We never sought out each other's company on days off. We never went golfing or fishing. We never went for a hike in the Shawangunk Mountains together. We were often happier apart than we ever were together because we shared the nightmares of command.

    We shared problems. We shared stress. We shared dark thoughts that are now front-page news. Incredulous at the failures of leadership that have borne fruit. We shared the proposition of a time and place where few would dare to go. He went there because it was his turn. He called his wife, Angie, before he received his orders to respond. He told her what was going on. He told her things didn't look good; he told her he loved her.

    Historically it is said, "They rode to the sound of the guns":

    Capt. Frank Callahan

    Lt. John Ginley

    Firefighter 1 Gr. Bruce Gary

    Firefighter 1 Gr. James Giberson

    Firefighter 1 Gr. Michael Otten

    Firefighter 1 Gr. Kevin Bracken

    Firefighter 1 Gr. Steve Mercado

    Firefighter 1 Gr. Michael Roberts

    Firefighter 1 Gr. John Marshall

    Firefighter 3 Gr. Vincent Morello

    Firefighter 3 Gr. Michael Lynch

    Firefighter 6 Gr. Michael D'Auria

    and Firefighter 2 Gr. Kevin Shea

    Kevin, we are joyful that we got you back. Have no guilt. The same goes for the rest of us. I know what you all did, you got your gear on, found a tool, wrote your name or Social Security number in felt tip pen on your arm or a leg, a crisis tattoo in case you got found.

    We went down there knowing things could go badly. We stayed until we were exhausted, got three hours sleep and went back again, and again. That's what comrades do. Only luck and circumstance separate us from them.


    It is significant that we are in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The first performance here was "West Side Story," the story of this neighborhood. This Act is part of that story. It is more than we can absorb in one lifetime, so the story must be told until it makes sense.

    It is poignant because the arts have helped mankind deal with reality since stories were told round the fire and we drew on cave walls. The arts help us exercise our emotions. We are surrounded by art and overwhelmed by our emotions. From the pictures children have drawn for us, the poetry, songs, and banners, to the concerts, plays and operas that we have been invited to attend — use the arts to heal your heart. Exercise your emotions. Feel anger, feel hate, feel love and pride. Run the gamut of your emotions until you settle where you belong, as good honorable men, every inch the equal of our comrades, friends and brothers. That's what they want. That's what your families need. That's what you deserve.

    Frank was a trusted leader, a captain. The best commander I've encountered here, or in the military. It was important to him. We both believed captain to be the most important rank in the department. He was forged by his family, his comrades, every officer and firefighter that he ever worked with. He was tempered by his experience.

    History, the record of successes and failures of leadership, has caused us to be here. Capt. Frank Callahan did not fail in his leadership. He led his command where they were needed, and he's the last of them to leave. If more of the world's leaders were forged as he was, our world would not be in its current state.

    Frank Callahan is a star, a reference point. A defined spot on the map of humanity. Guide on him to navigate the darkness. You will not wander, you will not become lost.

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    It's already Sunday evening down here in Australia, but dayshift observed 2 minutes silence at 8:46am this morning, and nightshift will observe 2 minutes silence at 10:46pm this evening (which is 8:46am NYC time).

    God Bless Our Fallen Brothers. We will never forget - nor will we let others forget.
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    We will never forget...God Bless them all.
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    RIP and NEVER FORGET 343 and all others lost on 9/11.
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    R.I.P. to all those that were lost. I wear a bracelet for the guys from Engine 4 & Ladder 15.

    Capt. J. Farrelly
    Lt. J. Leavey
    FF R. Allen
    FF C. Anaya Jr.
    FF A. Barry
    FF T. Kelly
    FF S. Koptyko
    FF S. Larsen
    FF D. Oelschlager
    FF E. Olsen
    FF J. Richies
    FF T. Schoales
    FF P. Tegtmeier
    FF S. Villanueva

    I have never once met any of these gentleman but had seen their heroism on many shows and decided that I would wear their names on this bracelet as a constant reminder on how short life really is. These men died saving lives, they are true heroes.

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    UTICA, Ill. Four years after Nine-Eleven, firefighters from New York City are in Illinois this weekend helping another community recover from a disaster.

    Thirty volunteers are in Utica and Granville, two towns badly damaged by tornadoes last year that killed eight people. New York firefighter Kevin Atkinson says these annual efforts are a way to thank those who helped New York after the World Trade Center attack.

    The volunteers will finish home repairs, paint the Utica fire house, landscape the re-built City Hall and baseball field, and plant 417 trees in honor of New York firefighters and police officers who died on Nine-Eleven.
    IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

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    Maybe we have not forgotten .... but I beleive that most of America has forgotten. Down here there were 2 small articles in today's paper ... and no memorial services planned, either for the public or the fire service. Last year, the one memorial that was planned was attended only by the politicans and the fire service leaders of 2 .. yes only 2 agencies out of the 25 or so fire departments in these 2 parishes. No fireman attended.... just the chief or Asst. Chief that obviusly had to be there as part of thier duties to represent thier cities. It broke my heart to see the brothers in our part of the south did not feel remembering the worst day in the American fire service to take just an hour or two on a Saturday to remember the brothers. Unfortunatly this demonstrates that we are a country that so easily forgets.

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    Let us never forget our brothers who we lost that day. I am curently over in Iraq to make some of these guys pay. OUR BROTHERS DID NOT DIE IN VAIN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2USMC
    Let us never forget our brothers who we lost that day. I am curently over in Iraq to make some of these guys pay. OUR BROTHERS DID NOT DIE IN VAIN.
    And don't let anyone tell you your job isn't just as important over there. You guys stay safe as well!!!! There are many of us here in the states that DO support the mission of the Armed Forces over in Iraq. I am sure the 343 brothers from NY are thankful for your service as well!
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    God Bless the FDNY-343 (+3) & God Bless the families.

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    Just found this on my email:


    We Will Not Forget, by Phil Ware


    We remember! Even while dealing with another tragedy of enormous
    proportions, we still remember the events of 4 years ago. Very few of
    us will ever forget where we were when we heard about the Twin Towers
    of New York City being attacked by jets flying into them.



    We remember! Our hearts still go out to the families dealing with
    heartbreaking loss -- children without fathers, wives without husbands,
    parents who lost children, husbands who miss their wives, children
    without moms, friends who have lost friends, co-workers who vanished
    forever ...

    We remember! We especially remember the heroic efforts of those who
    lost their lives while trying to save others by going into Twin Towers
    to rescue and help the victims hurt and trapped inside. We are forever
    indebted to those firefighters, police, transit authority personnel,
    EMT's, and others who tried to help and lost their lives or were
    injured. Thank you. God bless your families. Our definition of hero has
    been forever rewritten.



    We will not forget!

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    May all of our fallen brother and sisters rest in peace and thier families taken care of. As well as the heroic efforts by the firefighters, police, and rescue workers on that tragic day, let us also remember and honor the many Soliders, Saliors, Marines, and Airmen that also gave their lives to protect our freedom fighting terrorism.

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