Here is a sweet tribute sent to me by my friend Garnet109
It is not an easy view. It is hard to believe it has been 5 years since the world woke up to the 4 tragedies of that day. We're focusing on the Trade Center Twin Towers in NY, but we should not forget the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania incidences too. I have a friend whose son was at the Pentagon (working) that day. Luckily he was not in the affected area. Still, his voice surely shook as he told his Dad, "I'm OK".
My own friend John, remembers watching a low flying aircraft that day in PA.....only to learn that it crashed just minutes later. He was looking at the last moments of their lives...I hope they felt that someone below was praying and wishing and hoping.
In the 2,996 web site I was assigned Richard David Rosenthal, age 50. Place killed: World Trade Center. Resident of Fair Lawn, N.J. (USA).
What a beautiful, happy man. I'm sure his family was very proud of him. To the Rosenthal's, THANK YOU for Richard's service to his people. May God continue to give you His peace that passes all understanding.
I think we all have grown to a deeper respect and value of our Police force, Fire Fighters & EMS teams since the 9/11 attacks.
My Hero that I picked to Honor is our very own: Joseph P. Henry, age 25. Place killed: World Trade Center. 9-11-2001 Resident of New York, N.Y.
Now as Tom puts it: "I remember Joey and my daughter going to school together PS-212 and playing in the playground in the neighborhood of Waterview Towers. (Joey's sister would also babysit for Tom's daughters) Tom's family along with Joey's family and others from the area would spend summers in upstate NY, the kids rode their bikes, went swimming in a creek and a pool...it was such freedom to the kids to be out of the confines of the city and the apartment co-op. Big Ed (Joey's Dad) was the youngest Battallion Chief in the fire department at the time of his promotion. Joey and 2 of his brother's followed their Dad and Grandfather by joining the team."
Tom called his daughter that night after the towers were hit. She told him "Dad, Joey was there".....his heart dropped. Tom was already in tears because 'his city' was being attacked. Imagine his pain having found out one of "his kids" had given his all. I must also mention that my Tom is a Retired NYPD--so this truly was "his city" in all aspects. It could have easily been him, had he still been working, and even if he wasn't working, I'm sure he would have felt it his duty to respond.
This is Joey in his probation hat (on the job training). To YOU Joseph P. Henry we remember you proudly and fondly. Edward "Big Ed" & Alice Henry, Eddie Jr, Michael, Danny, Mary & Kathleen, the LaRocca's say God Bless YOU and thank you for your service to the people. NYFD & Ladder 21 lost a great American. May God continue to give you His peace that passes all understanding as you remember Joey.
Love & peace to all the families, Tom & Sharon.