Thank you, Tommy, for keeping the flame alive. I wanted to contribute, myself, but as I sat in front of the monitor, fingers posed on the keyboard, I realized I couldn't improve on the words I wrote on the first anniversary of the attack on our city and our nation. So, asking for your indulgence, and that of other BluePride members,I'd like to contribute the editorial I wrote and published in the October 2002 edition of the GOAL Gazette .....
Remembering the Heroes of 9/11
There is little more that can be said, that has not already been said, about the heroic deeds of the heroic men and women who lost their lives in the performance of their duty on September 11, 2001. They were New York City’s Finest and Bravest, doing what they were trained to do, yet tested to the limits of endurance in a scenario none could ever imagine, much less be prepared for. They were off-duty yet they came from all over to help wherever they could. They joined their fellow firefighters and police officers and rushed into the buildings from which others were desperately fleeing. They were courageous court officers, they were valorous police officers working for the Port Authority. Their actions were no less responsible than their more widely acclaimed NYPD and FDNY colleagues for saving thousands of lives at the World Trade Center. They were average citizens. Untrained and unprepared for what they knew they must do they overpowered the low-life scum that had hijacked an airplane. In so doing they prevented not only the loss of additional life but, potentially, the shaking of our government to its very foundations, had the plane crashed into either the White House or the U.S. Capitol, it’s suspected targets. Thousands died in the terrorist attack on our country September 11, 2001. Many were innocent victims, in the wrong place at the wrong time who had no control of their fate. Others performed extraordinary acts of heroism, giving their lives that others may live. None who died that day will ever be forgotten, but it is fitting and proper that those who made the ultimate sacrifice be memorialized. Members of the NYPD and the FDNY have been cited and eulogized, and rightfully so. All too often, however, lost in the rush to print or sound-bite is recognition of the other heroes of that day: Port Authority police officers, Court Officers and the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. In this issue of the GOAL Gazette we pay tribute to all of them. Remember them always.
They Gave Their Lives That Others May Live – September 11, 2001
Never Forget Them New York City Police Department: Sgt. John Coughlin, ESU Squad 4; Sgt. Michael Curtin, ESU Squad 2; P.O. John Dallara, ESU Squad 2; P.O. Vincent Danz, ESU Squad 3; P.O. Jerome Dominguez, ESU Squad 3; P.O. Stephen Driscoll, ESU Squad 4; P.O. Mark Ellis, Transit District 4; P.O. Robert Fazio 13th Pct.; Sgt. Rodney Gillis, ESU Squad 8; P.O. Ronald Kloepper, ESU Squad 7; P.O. Thomas Langone, ESU Squad 10; P.O. James Leahy, 6th Pct.; P.O. Brian McDonnell, ESU Squad 1; P.O. John Perry, 40th Pct.; P.O. Glen Pettit, Police Academy; Det. Claude Richards, Bomb Squad; Sgt. Timothy Roy, Transit Division; P.O. Moira Smith, 13th Pct.; P.O. Ramon Suarez, Transit District 4; P.O. Paul Talty, ESU Squad 10; P..O. Santos Valentin, ESU Squad 7; Det. Joseph Vigiano, ESU Squad 3; Sgt. Walter Weaver, ESU Squad 8.
Court Officers: Senior Court Officer Thomas Jurgens; Captain W. Harry Thompson; Senior Court Officer Mitchel Wallace.
Port Authority Police Department: P.O. Christopher Amoroso, Tactical Response; P.O. Maurice Barry, PATH; P.O. Liam Callahan, PATH ESU; Lt. Robert D.Cirri, Police Academy; P.O. Clinton Davis, WTC; P.O. Donald Foreman, Holland Tunnel; P.O. Gregg Froehner, PATH ESU; P.O. Thomas Gorman, PATH; P.O. Uhuru Houston, WTC; P.O. George Howard, JFK-ESU; P.O. Steve Huczko, Newark Int’l Airport; Insp. Tony Infante, C.O. Eastern Zone; P.O. Paul Jurgens, Police Academy; Sgt. Bobby Kaulfers, PATH; P.O. Paul Laszczynski, PATH ESU; P.O. David Lemagne, PATH P.O. John Lennon, PATH ESU; P.O. John Levi, P.A. Bus Terminal; P.O. James Lynch, WTC; Capt. Kathy Mazza, C.O. Police Academy; P.O. Donald McIntyre, PATH; P.O. Walter McNeil, Holland Tunnel, Superintendent of Police Fred V. Morrone; P.O. Joseph Navas, PATH ESU; P.O. James Nelson, Police Academy; P.O. Al Niedermeyer, Vehicle Inspection Unit, P.O. James Parham, Police Adademy, P.O. Dominick Pezzulo, P.A. Bus Terminal; P.O. Bruce Reynolds, George Washington Bridge; P.O. Antonio Rodrigues, P.A. Bus Terminal; P.O. Richard Rodriguez, Police Academy; Chief James Romito, Headquarters Support; P.O. John Skala, Lincoln Tunnel; P.O. Walwyn Stuart, PATH; P.O. Kenneth Tietjen, PATH; P.O. Nathaniel Webb, Holland Tunnel; P.O. Michael Wholey, PATH.
New York City Fire Department: FF Joseph Agnello, Lad. 118; Lt. Brian Ahearn, Battalion 13; FF Eric Allen, Squad 18; FF Richard Allen, Lad. 15; Capt. James Amato, Squad 1; FF Calixto Anaya, Jr. Eng. 4; FF Joseph Angelini, Rescue 1; FF Joseph Angelini, Jr. Lad. 4; FF Faustino Apostol, Jr., Battalion 2; FF David Arce, Eng. 33; FF Louis Arena, Lad. 5; FF Carl Asaro, Battalion 9; Lt. Gregg Atlas, Eng. 10; FF Gerald Atwood, Lad. 21; FF Gerard Baptiste, Lad. 9; Asst.Chief Gerard Barbara, Command Center; FF Matthew Barnes, Lad. 25; FF Arthur Barry, Lad. 15; Lt. Steven Bates, Eng. 235; FF Carl Bedigian, Eng. 214; FF Stephen Belson, Battalion 7; FF John Bergin, Rescue 5; FF Paul Beyer, Eng. 6; FF Peter Bielfeld, Lad. 42; FF Brian Bilcher, Squad 1; FF Carl Bini, Rescue 5; FF Christopher Blackwell, Rescue 3; FF Michael Bocchino, Battalion 48; FF Frank Bonomo, Eng. 230; FF Gary Box, Squad 1; FF Michael Boyle, Eng. 33; FF Kevin Bracken, Eng. 40; FF Michael Brennan, Lad. 4; FF Peter Brennan, Rescue 4; Capt. Daniel Brethel, Lad. 24; Capt. Patrick Brown, Lad. 3; FF Andrew Brunn, Lad. 5; Capt. Vincent Brunton, Lad. 105; Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca, Hdqtrs; FF Greg Buck, Eng. 201; Capt. William Burke, Jr. Eng. 21; Asst. Chief Donald Burns, Command Center; FF John Burnside, Lad. 20; FF Thomas Butler, Squad 1; FF Patrick Byrne, Lad. 101; FF George Cain, Lad. 7; FF Salvator Calabro, Lad. 101; Capt. Frank Callahan, Lad. 35; FF Michael Cammarata, Lad. 11; FF Brian Cannizzaro, Lad. 101; FF Dennis Carey, Hazmat 1; FF Michael Carlo, Eng. 230; FF Michael Carroll, Lad. 3; FF Peter Carroll, Squad 1; FF Thomas Casoria, Eng. 22; FF Michael Cawley, Lad. 136; FF Vernon Cherry, Lad. 118; FF Nicholas Chiofalo, Eng. 235; FF John Chipura, Eng. 219; FF Michael Clarke, Lad. 2; FF Steven Coakley, Eng. 217; FF Tarel Coleman, Squad 252; FF John Collins, Lad. 25; FF Robert Cordice, Squad 1; FF Ruben Correa, Eng. 74; FF James Coyle, Lad. 3; FF Robert Crawford, Safety Battalion 1; Lt. John Crisci, Hazmat; Battalion Chief Dennis Cross, Bat. 57; FF Thomas Cullen III, Squad 41; FF Robert Curatolo, Lad. 16; Lt. Edward D’Atri, Squad 1; FF Michael D’Auria, Eng. 40; FF Scott Davidson, Lad. 118; FF Edward Day, Lad. 11; Battalion Chief Thomas DeAngelis, Bat. 8; FF Manuel Delvalle, Eng. 5; FF Martin DeMeo, Hazmat 1; FF David DeRubbio, Eng. 226; Lt. Andrew Desperito, Eng. 1; Battalion Chief Dennis Devlin, Bat. 9; FF Gerard Dewan, Lad. 3; FF George DiPasquale, Lad. 2; Lt. Kevin Donnelly, Lad. 3; Lt. Kevin Dowdell, Rescue 4; Battalion Chief Raymond Downey, Spec. Op. Cmd.; FF Gerard Duffy, Lad. 21; Capt. Martin Egan, Jr., Division 15; FF Michael Elferis, Eng. 22; FF Francis Esposito, Eng. 235; Lt. Michael Esposito, Squad 1; FF Robert Evans, Eng. 33; Battalion Chief John Fanning, Hazmat Ops.; Capt. Thomas Farino, Eng. 26; FF Terrance Farrell, Rescue 4; Capt. Joseph Farrelly, Division 1; Deputy Commissioner William Feehan; FF Lee Fehling, Eng. 235; FF Alan Feinberg, Battalion 9; FF Michael Fiore, Rescue 5; Lt. John Fischer, Lad. 20; FF Andre Fletcher, Rescue 5; FF John Florio, Eng. 214; Lt. Michael Fodor, Lad. 21; FF Thomas Foley, Rescue 3; FF David Fontana, Squad 1; FF Robert Foti, Lad. 7; FF Andrew Fredericks, Squad 18; Lt. Peter Freund, Eng. 55; FF Thomas Gambino, Jr., Rescue 3; Chief of Department Peter Ganci, Jr.; Lt. Charles Garbarini, Battalion 9; FF Thomas Gardner, Hazmat 1; FF Matthew Garvey, Squad 1; FF Bruce Gary, Eng. 40; FF Gary Geidel, Rescue 1; Battalion Chief Edward Geraghty, Bat. 9; FF Denis Germain, Lad. 2; Lt. Vincent Giammona, Lad. 5; FF John Giberson, Lad. 35; FF Ronnie Gies, Squad 288; FF Paul Gill, Eng. 54; Lt. John Ginley, Eng. 40; FF Jeffrey Giordano, Lad. 3; FF John Giordano, Hazmat 1; FF Keith Glascoe, Lad. 21; FF James Gray, Lad. 20; Battalion Chief Joseph Grzelak, Bat. 48; FF Jose Guadalupe, Eng. 54; Lt. Geoffrey Guja, Battalion 43; Lt. Joseph Gullickson, Lad. 101; FF David Halderman, Squad 18; Lt. Vincent Halloran, Lad. 8; FF Robert Hamilton, Squad 41; FF Sean Hanley, Lad. 20; FF Thomas Hannafin, Lad. 5; FF Dana Hannon, Eng. 26; FF Daniel Harlin, Lad. 2; Lt. Harvey Harrell, Rescue 5; Lt. Stephen Harrell, Battalion 7; Capt. Thomas Haskell, Jr., Division 15; FF Timothy Haskell, Squad 18; Capt. Terence Hatton, Rescue 1; FF Michael Haub, Lad. 4; Lt. Michael Healey, Squad 41; FF John Heffernan, Lad. 11; FF Ronnie Henderson, Eng. 279; FF Joseph Henry, Lad. 21; FF William Henry, Rescue 1; FF Thomas Hetzel, Lad. 13; Capt. Brian Hickey, Rescue 4; Lt. Timothy Higgins, Spec. Op. Cmd.; FF Jonathan Hohmann, Hazmat 1; FF Thomas Holohan, Eng. 6; FF Joseph Hunter, Squad 288; Capt. Walter Hynes, Lad. 13; FF Jonathan Ielpi, Squad 288; Capt. Frederick Ill, Jr., Lad. 2; FF William Johnston, Eng. 6; FF Andrew Jordan, Lad. 132; FF Carl Joseph, Eng. 207; Lt. Anthony Jovic, Battalion 47; FF Angel Juarbe, Jr., Lad. 12; Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain; FF Vincent Kane, Eng. 22; FF Battalion Chief Charles Kasper, Spec. Ops. Cmd. ; FF Paul Keating, Lad. 5; FF Richard Kelly, Jr., Lad. 11; FF Thomas R. Kelly, Lad. 15; FF Thomas W. Kelly, Lad. 105; FF Thomas Kennedy, Lad. 101; Lt. Ronald Kerwin, Squad 288; FF Michael Kiefer, Lad. 132; FF Robert King, Jr. Eng. 33; FF Scott Kopytko, Lad. 15; FF William Krukowski, Lad. 21; FF Kenneth Kumpel, Lad. 25; FF Thomas Kuveikis, Squad 252; FF David LaForge, Lad. 20; FF William Lake, Rescue 2; FF Robert Lane, Eng. 55; FF Peter Langone, Squad 252; FF Scott Larsen, Lad. 15; Lt. Joseph Leavey, Lad. 15; FF Neil Leavy, Eng. 217; FF Daniel Libretti, Rescue 2; EMT Carlos Lillo; FF Robert Linnane, Lad. 20; FF Michael Lynch, Eng. 40; FF Michael Lynch, Lad. 4; FF Michael Lyons, Squad 41; FF Patrick Lyons, Squad 252; FF Joseph Maffeo, Lad. 101; FF William Mahoney, Rescue 4; FF Joseph Maloney, Lad. 3; Battalion Chief Joseph Marchbanks, Jr. Bat. 12; Lt. Charles Margiotta, Battalion 22; FF Kenneth Marino, Rescue 1; FF John Marshall, Eng. 23; Lt. Peter Martin, Rescue 2; Lt. Paul Martini, Eng. 23; FF Joseph Mascali, Tactical Support Unit 2; FF Keithroy Maynard, Eng. 33; FF Brian McAleese, Eng. 226; FF John McAvoy, Lad. 3; FF Thomas McCann, Battalion 8; Lt. William McGinn, Squad 18; Battalion Chief William McGovern, Bat. 2; FF Dennis McHugh, Lad. 13; FF Robert McMahon, Lad. 20; FF Robert McPadden, Eng. 23; FF Terence McShane, Lad. 101; FF Timothy McSweeney, Lad. 3; FF Martin McWilliams, Eng. 22; FF Raymond Meisenheimer, Rescue 3; FF Charles Mendez, Lad. 7; FF Steve Mercado, Eng. 40; FF Douglas Miller, Rescue 5; FF Henry Miller, Jr., Lad. 105; FF Robert Minara, Lad. 25; FF Thomas Mingione, Lad. 132; Lt. Paul Mitchell, Battalion 1; Captain Louis Modafferi, Rescue 5; Lt. Dennis Mojica, Rescue 1; FF Manuel Mojica, Squad 18; FF Carl Molinaro, Lad. 2; FF Michael Montesi, Rescue 1; Captain Thomas Moody, Division 1; Battalion Chief John Moran, Bat. 49; FF Vincent Morello, Lad. 35; FF Christopher Mozzillo, Eng. 55; FF Richard Muldowney, Jr., Lad. 07; FF Michael Mullan, Lad. 12; FF Dennis Mulligan, Lad. 2; Lt. Raymond Murphy, Lad. 16; Lt. Robert Nagel, Eng. 58; FF John Napolitano, Rescue 2; FF Peter Nelson, Rescue 4; FF Gerard Nevins, Rescue 1; FF Dennis O’Berg Lad. 105; Lt. Daniel O’Callaghan, Lad. 4; FF Douglas Oelschlager, Lad. 15; FF Joseph Ogren, Lad. 3; Lt. Thomas O’Hagan, Battalion 4; FF Samuel Oitice, Lad. 4; FF Patrick O’Keefe, Rescue 1; Captain William O’Keefe, Division 15; FF Eric Olsen, Lad. 15; FF Jeffery Olsen, Eng. 10; FF Steven Olson, Lad. 3; FF Kevin O’Rourke, Rescue 2; FF Michael Otten, Lad. 35; FF Jeffery Palazzo, Rescue 5; Battalion Chief Orio Palmer, Bat. 7; FF Frank Palombo, Lad. 105; FF Paul Pansini, Eng. 10; Battalion Chief John Paolillo, Bat. 11; FF James Pappageorge, Eng. 23; FF Robert Parro, Eng. 8; FF Durrell Pearsall, Rescue 4; Lt. Glenn Perry, Battalion 12; Lt. Phillip Petti, Battalion 7; Lt. Kevin Pfeifer, Eng. 33; Lt. Kenneth Phelan, Battalion 32; FF Christopher Pickford, Eng. 201; FF Shawn Powell, Eng. 207; FF Vincent Princiotta, Lad. 7; FF Kevin Prior, Squad 252; Battalion Chief Richard Prunty, Bat. 2; FF Lincoln Quappe, Rescue 2; Lt. Michael Quilty, Lad.11; EMT Ricardo Quinn; FF Leonard Ragaglia, Eng.54; FF Michael Ragusa, Eng. 279; FF Edward Rall, Rescue 2; FF Adam Rand, Squad 288; FF Donald Regan, Rescue 3; Lt. Robert Regan, Lad.118; FF Christian Regenhard, Lad.131; FF Kevin Reilly, Eng. 207; Lt. Vernon Richard, Lad.7; FF James Riches, Eng. 4; FF Joseph Rivelli, Lad. 25; FF Michael Roberts, Eng. 214; FF Michael E. Roberts, Lad. 35; FF Anthony Rodriguez, Eng. 279; FF Matthew Rogan, Lad. 11; FF Nicholas Rossomando, Rescue 5; FF Paul Ruback, Lad. 25; FF Stephen Russell, Eng. 55; Lt. Michael Russo, Spec. Ops. Cmd. Battalion Chief Matthew Ryan, Bat. 1; FF Thomas Sabella, Lad. 13; FF Christopher Santora, Eng. 54; FF John Santore, Lad. 5; FF Gregory Saucedo, Lad. 5; FF Dennis Scauso, Hazmat 1; FF John Schardt, Eng. 201; Battalion Chief Fred Scheffold, Bat. 12; FF Thomas Schoales, Eng. 4; FF Gerard Schrang, Rescue 3; FF Gregory Sikorsky, Squad 41; FF Stephen Siller, Squad 1; FF Stanley Smagala, Jr., Eng. 226; FF Kevin Smith, Hazmat 1; FF Leon Smith, Jr., Lad. 118; FF Robert Spear, Jr. Eng. 26; FF Joseph Spor, Rescue 3; Battalion Chief Lawrence Stack, Bat. 50; Captain Timothy Stackpole Division 11; FF Gregory Stajk, Lad. 13; FF Jeffery Stark, Eng. 230; FF Benjamin Suarez, Lad. 21; FF Daniel Suhr, Eng. 216; Lt. Christopher Sullivan, Lad. 111; FF Brian Sweeney, Rescue 1; FF Sean Tallon, Lad. 10; FF Allan Tarasiewicz, Rescue 5; FF Paul Tegtmeier, Eng. 4; FF John Tierney, Lad. 9; FF John Tipping II, Lad. 4; FF Hector Tirado, Jr., Eng. 23; FF Richard Vanhine, Squad 41; FF Peter Vega, Lad. 118; FF Lawrence Veling, Eng. 235; FF John Vigiano II, Lad. 132; FF Sergio Villanueva, Lad. 132; FF Lawrence Vergilio, Squad 18; Lt. Robert Wallace, Eng. 205; FF Jeffery Walz, Lad. 9; Lt. Michael Warchola, Lad. 5; Captain Patrick Waters, Spec. Ops. Cmd.; FF Kenneth Watson, Eng. 214; FF Michael Weinberg, Eng. 1; FF David Weiss, Rescue 1; FF Timothy Welty, Squad 288; FF Eugene Whelan, Eng. 230; FF Edward White, Eng. 230; FF Mark Whitford, Eng. 23; Lt. Glenn Wilkinson, Eng. 238; Battalion Chief John Williamson, Bat. 6; Captain David Wooley, Lad. 4; FF Raymond York, Eng. 285.
United Airlines Flight 93 Passengers and Crew: Christian Adams; Lorraine Bay, flight attendant;Todd Beamer; Alan Beaven; Mark Bingham; Deora Bodley; Sandra Bradshaw, flight attendant; Marion Britton; Thomas E. Burnett Jr.; William Cashman; Georgine Rose Corrigan; Jason Dahl, captain; Joseph Deluca; Patrick Driscoll; Edward Felt; Colleen Fraser; Andrew Garcia; Jeremy Glick; Kristin Gould; Lauren Grandcolas; Wanda Green, flight attendant; Donald F. Greene; Linda Gronlund; Richard Guadagno; LeRoy Homer, first officer; Toshiya Kuge; CeeCee Lyles, flight attendant; Hilda Marcin; Waleska Martinez; Nicole Miller; Louis J. Nacke; Donald A. Peterson; Jean Hoadley Peterson; Mark Rothenberg; Christine Snyder; John Talignani; Honor Elizabeth Wainio; Deborah Welsh, flight attendant.
A tribute to those we lost in 2013 due to 9/11/2001. Our colleagues as well as civilians are still dying in significant numbers. And personally, there are at least three people in this video who I worked with; one was a boss many years ago, another was a cop who worked for me....and later bypassed me in rank (and was buried just today.....) and one who worked for me about 25 years ago. The numbers are going to continue to rise because in addition to those we know of, there are first responders who came to NYC from all over the country back in 2001. As well as civilians who either came to NY to help, lived in NYC or had moved out of NY afer the attack. The deaths are going to continue for a long time to come.
All Blue Pride members are reminded to adhere to our terms of service....