The firefighters that responded to the Twin Towers and the other areas on the 9/11 attacks gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others. Some of them lost their lives in an attempt to save those in need. Others suffered life changing injuries. Their sacrifice is not forgotten and they will forever be remembered.
Father Rutler knows that it is important that these heroes are not forgotten. They have given up so much and have earned more than respect. He is doing all he can to help keep their memory alive and help make sure that their memories are not forgotten.
The firefighters that died responding to the 9/11 attacks ran into uncertainty. They had no idea what they were getting into but they went without hesitation. Others later died due to the exposure at Ground Zero and all of the debris and toxic substances they were breathing in. The names of these 21 firefighters are going to be added to a special wall. They are going to be added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall. These families are going to be invited to the ceremony which is scheduled to take place in 2021. Some family members were not able to attend the last ceremony due to Covid 19 but accommodations are being made to keep them safe. George Rutler is proud of the wall and hopes it will bring honor to those who lost their lives.
Moment of Silence
While this may seem simple it is very important. There is a moment of silence that is observed on 9/11 at each time the plane crashed. This moment is to honor all of the victims including the firefighters that were part of this attack.
On 9/11 the firefighters are honored by climbing 110 stories. A person is not able to climb this all at once but there are some local places in the city that host stair climbing events. The 110 stories are the highest point on the World Trade Center. This is hosted by the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. The stair climb will honor those that lost their lives and the ones that jumped right in to save others. This event often accepts donations that will be given to the fire service survivors and those seriously injured in the attack.
9/11 Hero Run
This event was developed by the Travis Manion Foundation and there are events all over the country including New York City. This run will honor the firefighters of 9/11 and those that are suffering physical and emotional wounds of the trauma from this event. The runs are operated in September and all age groups are welcome to join.
People are encouraged to become volunteers. They can do so in many ways. They can help the injured, work with a specific 9/11 foundation or join in groups all over the country to help counsel and work with survivors.
These are some ways that the firefighters are being honored. They risked their lives for others and they will not be forgotten.
- An illustrative image of a New South Wales firefighter at the scene of a bushfire.: Screen grab