You've probably heard from me before; however, on this two
year anniversary, I felt that I should write after viewing
the slides. Needless to say, your clip video is extremely
powerful and deeply moving even after two years. Myself and
my fellow brothers and sisters at Engine 3 Ladder 1 truly
appreciate that people do take the time to remember and reflect
over what occurred. None of us are in this profession for
the glory. Far from it. But we rarely get recognition for
a job well done with the exception from fellow firefighters.
cannot express how much we appreciate the time and care you
put into the movie. So, from Engine 3 Ladder 1, we'd at the
very least like to say thank you and to never forget the tragic
events of September 11, 2001.
those from our department who are off tomorrow, are handing
out these flyers. We'd like for you to have one as well. :)
Creation of the Firefighter
the Lord was creating firefighters, he was into his
sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said,
"You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this
the Lord said, "Have you read the specification
on this person? Firefighters have to be able to go for
hours fighting fires or tending to a person that the
usual everyday person would never touch, while putting
in the back of their minds the circumstances. They have
to be able to move at a second's notice and not think
twice of what they are about to do, no matter what danger.
They have to be in top physical condition at all times,
running on half-eaten meals, and they must have six
pairs of hands."
angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs
of hands...no way."
not the hands that are causing me problems," said
the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes a firefighter
has to have."
on the standard model?" asked the angel.
Lord nodded. "One pair to see through the fire
and where they and their fellow firefighters should
fight the fire next. Another pair here in the side of
the head to see their fellow firefighters and keep them
safe. And another pair of eyes in the front so that
they can look for the victims caught in the fire who
need their help."
said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and
work on this tomorrow."
can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model
that can carry a 250-pound man down a flight of stairs
to safety from a burning building, and can feed a family
of five on a civil service paycheck."
angel circled the model of the fire fighter very slowly,
"Can it think?"
bet," said the Lord. "They can tell you the
elements of a hundred fires and can recite procedures
in their sleep that are needed to care for a person
until they reach the hospital. And all the while they
have to keep their wits about them. Firefighters also
have phenomenal personal control. They can deal with
a scene full of pain and hurt, coaxing a child's mother
into letting go of the child so that they can care for
the child in need. And still they rarely get the recognition
for a job well done from anybody, other than from fellow
the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek
of the firefighter. "There's a leak," she
pronounced. "Lord, it's a tear. What's the tear
a tear from bottled-up emotions for fallen comrades.
A tear for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called
the American flag. It's a tear for all the pain and
suffering they have encountered. And it's a tear for
their commitment to caring for and saving lives of their
a wonderful feature. Lord, you're a genius," said
Lord looked somber and said, "I didn't put it there..."
put their lives on the line every day they go to work.
343 died on September 11, 2001 risking their lives so
that others could live. Let us never forget them and their
brave acts of heroism that ultimately cost them their
lives. We will remember.
is attached as well. It doesn't even rival yours, but we felt
that something had to be done to remind our community.
again from all of us at E3L1 Orlando.
Firefighter/EMT Elisabeth Whitford
You're always on our minds Joseph Pfeifer.
Your brother Kevin is in our hearts.
The both of you are in our prayers.
My name is Jim and I am a middle school social studies teacher.
I came across your Flash presentation of the 9/11 tragedy shortly
after it happened and was able to save it to show to my students,
but it has since become lost. I have been to the website and
can get it to play, but I wondered if you might be able to email
me the file so I can use it offline. Thank you very much.
just wanted to let you know that i thought your tribute to 9-11
on Slingo.com was very nice.
Thank you for that.
was a phenomenal segment. You should send that to a network.
No Fault Consulting
50 Chelsea Court
Bohemia NY, 11716
Dear Rob I have been very busy saying thank you to everyone that created movies and websites pertaining to the awfull attacks of Sept 11 2001. I just got though viewing the movie that you had done so very well ! !
I still am having difficulty recovering from the "Pardon my French" Assholes that killed my Dad James D. Cleere VP of Marsh McClennan 98th Fl. North Tower as well as many others on 9-11.
It is good to know any many people such as yourself took great care and dedication in creating websites and movies such as this one. I am pleased to just know that so many people responded in the way that America had !
I again say Thanks and a Huge Pat on the Back for doing this in Great Honor for my Dad and my family and extended Sept. 11 families. GREAT JOB
A. Scott Cleere
Son of James D. Cleere
Victim of 9-11-01
St. Petersburg Florida
From: Margot ( email@example.com )
I come back to your site now and again, It is so moving. I read the
messages...in turns, a little here , a little there. I am up to page 34.
I have left poems on your site...Ist time around. I wish I knew the
answers so I could share them. The reasons behind the need for such
destruction. I have looked at the faces of all the "enemies" of our
lives...all so different...yet all so very much the same....faces like
yours, like mine, like the guy next door and the man sitting in the taxi
on 42nd st. The physical differences I see are reflections of
evolutionary need, climatic interventions on gene pools, natural
selection of characteristics that worked for their time and place, all
mixing now due to circumstance and opportunity...the differences
blurring...creating new images, new possibilities. But the
minds....these.....are where our true differences lie. The thoughts, the
beliefs, the ability to reason,....or just to comprehend...tempered by
perspective. Is it posssible to touch the...minds ...of all beings with
the wisdom of one thought that can so resonate the one great truth of
the universe that all would gladly give up their need to superiority
over others and separatist acts and belief systems to embrace that we
ALL need and want the same basic things and that these things are what
should bring us together. The one great truth of the Universe....none
of us can LIVE without Life.To negate the Life need of ANYONE is "giving
permission" to ANYONE to negate YOUR LIFE need, giving permission to
someone else to destroy our life because "we" hold life... so cheaply.
Our enemies, what a word to use, enemies...our fellow beings on this
planet....have all come to different conclusions about life based upon
what they were brought up to believe. Those beliefs built by their life
circumstances and opportunities. Those who destroyed the twin towers did
not understand their error and their misunderstanding of their God,
their beliefs. Whatever God anyone believes in...there is one truth
about Godliness....A GOD NEEDS "NO ONES" HELP TO DESTROY ITS ENEMIES,
least of all mere mortals. To even PRESUME that God needs your help to
do his work is ludicrous. What was done was the choice of men, with
their own agendas, in effect using Allah as their scapegoat to do
whatever "suited" them. If God had wanted the Twin towers to
fall....they would have fallen long before SEPT 11, and by natural
means. I am not a religious person, but I am a very spiritual one and I
do believe that all those men have found out by now how very wrong they
were....there is NO paradise for those Ireverent of Life....too late
the lesson learned for all those lives, including theirs. Had they known
....they would not have chosen such a course. Had they truly "believed
"in their God...they would have left that work to him. To relegate a
need for such beliefs ...to in effect propose that Allah has "No power"
but by the hand of a mere mortal......well it is the highest dishonor to
ones God that I can imagine...and such a God is not worth believing in.
This is the province of mythology. This does not negate the need to make
change where change is needed but it does deny the taking of life to
achieve those means. If I believe in God I have to believe that God's
understanding of all things is greater than mine and that there IS a
plan...even if I do not GET IT.
I believe in one creator of all beings and all things, name him what you
like. I believe his purpose is not one of acquisition, power struggles,
or cruelty. I believe he allows us all to know ourselves thru our deeds
and our misdeeds. Those who are closest to him and to his purpose
believe in Universal brotherhood and a furtherance to the understanding
of the greater good for ALL mankind. We are all the same. We all need
the same things.The most basic of these things....LIFE. This a precious
gift....but not so precious a gift as the "knowledge" that Life IS
"precious" for ALL beings....and a "will" to protect the Life of
EVERYONE....even those who do not understand and make provisions to
destroy it. There is no need to convince God.....he makes SURE we all
continue to CREATE LIFE.....It is the one GREAT MIRACLE ....and if you
will....proof of the existance of something greater than ourselves. I
pray for the sake of ALL mankind that... for the sake of all our
children... if not for ourselves...that we will ALL come to the
conclusion one day that even the loss of ONE life is too much of a loss
for any of us to bear. When those who see themselves as separate and
different from us can see They are as important to us as we are to
ourselves...then can Man begin to LIVE together in Peace. Please
God...save us ALL....Margot
A friend of mine sent me the link to your website showing the America video from 911 forward. It is really inspiring and I'd like to download it to show my kids and at a homecoming party for my husband....whenever he returns from Afghanistan.
Thanks so much for your help.
Ashes of Grief, Raindrops of Joy
Shooting water hoses
With my eight year old
One of the few warm days
Left in September 2001
He thinks I don't know
He is around the corner
Ready to attack.
I'm ready for him.
Smiling, my hose drawn
As he approaches,
I drench him full force;
He squeals with joy
And runs to get away
Giggling, out of breath.
He retreats around to the
Other side of the house.
There is a chill in the air.
The day before
The sky was blue in New York.
Parents kissed their kids
Hugged their wives
And sped to their lives.
Death to White Satan
And it's idols of
Wealth and Power.
Plot turns to action
Jets Roar Into buildings,
Explode into Fireballs,
One after another.
A holocaust of metal and steel. Bodies cremated alive
Steel turned and twisted--
Crash to the street.
Ashes and smoke
Cover everything in sight.
Firemen lie still, silent
Their pagers scream out.
I cry as I wait
For my son's next attack.
I love him so much.
I play with the hose and
Wave it back and forth--
Up and Down.
Watch little Droplets
Glisten in the sun
Sparkling as they fall down
From my beautiful blue sky.
On TV a Raggedy Ann doll
Lays on the Rubble
Children whose parents
Won't be there to
Spray water on them
Or tuck them in at night.
Oh God, Father of the Fatherless,
You watched Your Son
Bleeding on the Cross
And Darkness fell on Earth.
You understand Our Pain.
Please bring the light
Of your love
To this country.
We don't know how
To go on
When sadness and fear
Block us from belief.
Renew our faith.
Restore our hope.
Restore our land.
As only You can.
© Cindy J. Slate
Thank you so much. I cried with tears falling onto the floor.
I love my country. It is the greatest country on the face of this earth. I beleive it was ordained by God for some reason.I beleive he blessed with his own hands.
There is an old saying United We Stand Divided We Fall. Considering the mood of the country today and what it was on September 11 2001 I'm concerned that we just might fall.
I worry that Americans do forget too soon. Well, I haven't
I love my country. GOD BLESS AMERICA, PLEASE GOD KEEP HER STRONG AND HER PEOPLE BRAVE, AND MAY HER COMMITMENT TO YOU BE RENEWED AS NEVER BEFORE. THAT IS HER ONLY HOPE.
God Bless you, once again thank you for this beautiful movie.
I first saw your Flash presentation when it first was circulated. I
admire the presentation because of its incredible poignancy and its
inspirational sequences. I searched for it today, more than two years
later, and found it. I must say that it moved me emotionally today
perhaps even more than when I first saw it. I am proud to have served in
the Marines and my only regret is that I was too old to reenter service
as the events of that fateful day unfolded.
Thank you for a great job...Semper Fidelis.
"Pain is weakness leaving the body..."
I am British and today more proud than ever that our countries are so close. The courage and bravery of your great country on this tragic day illustrates that the forces of evil who committed this atrocity will never break us and never win.
Today, the words of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill stay true "You do your worst, and we will do our best"
God Bless the USA
I saw this on the slingo site . . . and it was very moving. Very well
done . . . Thank you!!!
We won't forget . . . and we will survive and be strong!!
How beautiful. Thank you for keeping God in your memorial. Thank you
for blessing all that receive your memorial.
Sincerely Peggy Konold