This post I first published in Sept. 2013, after I visit NYC for my 65th birthday. I’m born the 11th of Sept.
The 9/11 Memorial was an eye-opener for me …. there in a middle of a massive building site was this oasis of peace, remembering, afterthoughts … so beautifully done and with such great respect.
To walk around the two pools and read all the names of the people that lost their lives on that day – was overwhelming. It was at first hard to grasp … but I got to know some amazing people too.
Names that my camera landed on while walking around the pools – names that I wanted to know a little more about. And I would like you to meet them too.
Michael Healey, 42, East Patchogue; lieutenant with the New York City fire department’s Squad No. 41 in the Bronx. He was last seen in the south tower, and his remains were never found. He was a lacrosse coach.
Thomas Patrick Cullen III, 41, New York; firefighter as a member of Squad 41 in the Bronx. Thomas would wait until his 2-year-old son and namesake would go to sleep, then rearrange the toy train track in the family living room, “He wanted Tom to be excited when he came downstairs every morning,” said Cullen’s wife, Susan.
Charles William Garbarini, 44, New York, Lieutenant at Engine 23, Battalion 9, Manhattan. A letter left for him at the Police Memorial Wall directly after the attacks began, “We are here to honour Charles Garbarini, whose humour’s as dry as a good martini.”
John Patrick Burnside, 36, New York; firefighter, Ladder 20. John was a 3-year veteran of the NYPD @ Central Park Precinct. Last 7 years, he served as one of NY’s bravest among his friends and comrades of Ladder 20.
Fred C Scheffold Jr., 57, New York; Battalion Chief, FDNY, of Piermont – served the last 10 years of his 32-year FDNY career in East Harlem where he was a with the 12th Battalion.
Douglas C Miller, 37, Port Jervis, NY , firefighter, Rescue 5 in Staten Island. Doug was on the Department just shy of 6 years. He began his career as a firefighter with Ladder 172/Engine 330 in Brooklyn. Douglas was also an instructor at the Fire Training Center.
Victor J. Saracini, 51, Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA: pilot United Airlines Flight 175. A former Navy pilot had been flying commercial jets since 1985. His widow Ellen was denied full pension from United Airlines. He liked to travel with his guitar, his wife Ellen said. He was recognized in airports with his guitar slung over his shoulder.
Jesus Sanchez, 4 5, Hudson, Mass: Passenger of Flight 175. Jesus worked as a flight attendant for United Airline, but off duty. Came from original from Puerto Rico and had 5 sisters and 5 brothers.
Patricia E. Mickley, 41, Springfield, Va: Financial manager, Defense Department. Patricia had been working 19 years for the Defense Department. Also called Patty and mother to Marie Jacqueline.
David Michael Barkway, 34, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Managing director, BMO Nesbitt Burns. He was a rising star in the Toronto financial world. He was known on Bay Street in Toronto for his determination to improve his golf game, his cigars and his practical jokes. Colleagues would return from lunch to find a flashing message on their computer screen that was impossible to delete.
Peter J. Owens Jr, 42, Williston Park, N.Y: Government agencies, Cantor Fitzgerald. Peter was never one to go on shopping sprees. Even though he was working on Wall Street, Armani was a foreign word to him, said his wife Kathy. At night, Owens would fold the wash and do the dishes.
Mark Joseph Colaio, 34, New York, N.Y: Senior managing director at Cantor Fitzgerald. Mark and his brother Stephen, 32, grew up in Hicksville. They worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor. But their bond was far closer than their 40-hour-plus workweeks. They partied and played together and both tried to live by the mantra written on the T-shirts they both wore: “Life Is Good.”
Scott, I’m sure there was more than one Scott that didn’t make it home that day 12 years ago, but I truly want to believe that there were many more men by name Scott, that made it home to their loved ones.
“9/11, We shall never forget, we shall keep this day,
we shall keep the events and the tears in our minds,
our memory and our hearts and take
them with us as we carry on”