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.
Frank Siller: My Brother’s Final Race That Continues to Inspire Millions
FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller ran through a closed tunnel with 60 lbs of gear on his back and gave up his life to save others. Now, hundreds of thousands have raced in his footsteps and tens of millions have been raised for charity in his name. Frank Siller, President of Tunnel to Towers Foundation, tells the story of his brother, an American hero.
Mak Hanna: Our Team of 5 Civilians Saved Over 50 Lives
And only Mak is alive to honor their stories. With his best friends Frank De Martini and Pablo Ortiz, he worked for the World Trade Center’s construction division on the 88th floor.
David Braca: My Dad Led His Coworkers Praying into Their Deaths
Many had made fun of Al Braca for his faith, but in their final moments he brought light to the darkness that surrounded them. The story of a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, the company which lost the most people on 9/11.
John Feal: The Bulldog Who Forced Congress
John Feal was a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero. During the cleanup 8,000 pounds of steel dropped on Feal’s foot, leading to partial amputation. After he was denied compensation for his injury by employers, insurance companies, and elected officials, Feal became the leading advocate for 9/11’s victims. He took his historic fight to Washington and with the help of comedian Jon Stewart, they passed a series of laws to ensure that those who’ve sacrificed so much would be taken care of.
Ted Anderson: “You Never Leave A Fallen Comrade Behind, Ever”
Lieutenant Colonel Paul “Ted” Anderson was inside of the Pentagon when it was struck by a plane during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ted not only helped people escape, but then returned into the burning building to save even more lives, over and over again. If not for his heroic actions that day, dozens more may not have survived the already devastating attack.
Mariah Jacobsen: Discovering My Connection to a 9/11 Hero
Mariah was 16 years old on the morning of 9/11 and had a strange feeling one of her birth parents died in the attack. At 19 she could legally discover who they were, and what she learned was unbelievable. One of her parents would be recognized as one of the greatest heroes of 9/11, saving hundreds if not thousands of lives on that fateful day. Plus, a famous band’s surprising connection to this story.
My good friend Kevin who is a NJ State Trooper told me about this podcast and I can’t get enough. These stories are great to hear. I like all the different perspectives you learn about. Look forward to Thursday to enjoy this while I’m delivering packages. Makes the day much better. Keep up the great work.
These are the stories that need to be told. This is the American and people I believe in. Thank you for your service.
These stories are incredible but some of the stories have back ground music and sound effects. Who ever made that decision should be fired. Complete distraction from amazing stories that stand alone by them selves.