For the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, this podcast tells 20 stories of heroism that will make sure our country doesn't forget that fateful day and its meaning. Our host Niels Jorgensen served as an FDNY firefighter for almost 22 years until a forced medical retirement because of the leukemia he contracted from cleaning up Ground Zero. Niels also drove the truck in the Emmy-nominated Rescue Me with Denis Leary.
The First-Ever Group Conversation About Responding On 9/11
FDNY Ladder Company 114, nicknamed Tally Ho, heroically served on 9/11. We hear from four of the six on-duty members who responded to the attacks in a unique group conversation, which they had not yet done before. Out of this crew, three have gotten cancers from Ground Zero's toxic environment and two have gotten multiple cancers. Our host Niels Jorgensen was a proud member of Tally Ho.
Alison Crowther: My Son Saved 12 Lives
Alison’s son Welles was 24 years old on 9/11 and saved at least 12 people in the South Tower before it collapsed on him. She didn’t know about his heroic actions that day until several survivors said that a stranger wearing a red bandana saved their lives, and she knew that it had to be her son who always carried one. He’s famously been called “The Man in the Red Bandana” ever since.
Ken Kendrick: How The President's First Pitch And Baseball Helped With Healing
After 911, Major League Baseball temporarily postponed its season. With several iconic moments, its return helped America to heal. Arizona Diamondbacks’ principal owner and managing general partner Ken Kendrick tells this story and in particular President Bush’s first pitch in their first World Series game at Yankees Stadium, only 49 days after the attacks.
Joe LaPointe: Organizing 9/11's Funerals
FDNY firefighter Joe LaPointe was off-duty on 9/11 and raced down to Ground Zero. After the attacks, so many funerals needed more leaders to coordinate them, and Joe was suddenly thrust into a new calling. Since 2007, he's been the Commanding Officer of the Ceremonial Unit, organizing every wake and funeral of all FDNY firefighters & EMS personnel and all those who've died from 9/11 related illnesses.
Nancy Carbone: The Friend of Firefighters
Nancy Carbone felt compelled to do something after 9/11 and started by collecting items that firefighters needed. They later told her what was most needed is a counseling center that their work wouldn’t know about. “Friends of Firefighters” was born inside of a former firehouse. The group has helped countless firefighters heal from the trauma of 9/11 and other tragedies.
Michael Daly: The FDNY Chaplain, My Friend, Who Died With His Firefighters
Michael Daly is the author of “The Book of Mychal”, the biography of the most loved FDNY Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge. Father bravely entered the World Trade Center with those he served and died with them. One of the most fascinating characters in our history, he was close friends with firefighters, AIDS patients, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, alcoholics, and the homeless.
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Great listening. It’s unfortunate they stopped making them.
These podcast episodes should be part of the curriculum in each middle school in the nation. Never Forget! Thank you Niels
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God Had a Reason
I listened to the 4 of 6 firefighters of Engine Co 114 share of their experiences on the ground of 9-11, riveted to my phone. I felt like I sat at the table with them. They spoke as a unit listening including each other. The stories made me cry. My neighbor Ron a firefighter in Antioch joined and drove across country the following days in a brigade of engines to help in the devastation. I live in Northern California. Now I know why Ron went. These stories are of the most unusual family - a brotherhood that spans the country, determined to help each other when duty calls. They’re selfless, willing to die to protect the lives of citizens they do not know. They need to tell their stories of what really happened on 9-11. A way to grieve and remember and to love one another. Today I heard, “God had a reason why we lived that day” I am struck by the transparency and loyalty of these men in their stories. I pray for your suffering through cancer from that day. May God’s angels surround and comfort you. God bless you for your testimonies. Our children need to know your stories.