Remembering The Heroes of 9-11

Sep 11

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It has been over a decade since that fateful September morning when our country was rocked to its core by the unspeakable acts of terrorists attacking the freedom we hold so dear. In the wake of this event, the people of the United States went into a state of mourning for all of those who lost their lives these days. As days, weeks and months passed the stories of the bravery and sacrifice of people that resulted from that day have reminded us of the greatness that is inside each of us. Many people made the ultimate sacrifice on that day, and by remembering these heroes of 9-11, we  honor the memory of their sacrifice, and find inspiration to display just a little heroism in our lives each and every day.

Welles Crowther typifies the kind of courage we all hope that we have inside of us. On that sunny day, he was sitting in his office at Sanler O’neill and Partners on the 104th floor of the South Tower, taking a phone call from a client. When at around 9 in the morning, tragedy struck. As darkness and smoke engulfed the hallways of the building many were dazed and confused, not knowing what to do. Welles Crowther is credited with finding and saving at least 18 of his fellow citizens. In life threatening situations, it is human nature to protect yourself, Crowther put himself second to the lives of others that day as he exited and reentered the unstable building three times before the building collapsed. He never asked for this type of recognition, but those that he saved hold his memory in reverence to this day.

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tom Burnett was flying across the country on September 11, 2001 on United Airlines flight 93, when the unspeakable happened, the plane was hijacked with terrorists. First Burnett phoned his wife to inform her what the situation was and to call police. When she informed him about the World Trade Center attacks, they figured that the terrorists were going to crash the plane into a target on the ground. Tom Burnett and others decided to formulate a plan to stop this from happening. Many will ask themselves what they would do if they were in the same situation, would they have the courage to sacrifice themselves for the greater good of others? There is no telling what the actual target of that plane would have been, but it was speculated that either the White House or the Capital building were at risk. It was also believed that Tom Burnett knew his actions were more than likely going to cost him his life, yet he fought back and stopped the terrorist plot from being even worse than it was. The sacrifice made by those passengers that day should never be forgotten.

Leonard Hatton was a special agent with the FBI, who was on his way to work that fateful day. His story is particularly heroic because it is human nature to run away from danger, and when Hatton saw the smoke coming from the World Trade Center he ran toward it. He was present when the second plane hit. Disregarding the danger to himself, Leonard Hatton chipped in to help firefighters save as many people as possible, entering and exiting the buildings several times before he finally was killed when the towers ultimately collapsed. He left behind a wife and four kids, and his heroic behavior of self sacrifice leads us to appreciate the fact that he and many other heroes of 9-11 were there to help save people from this tragedy.

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