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People our faithful day is nearing, what are you're thoughts?


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I was in recruiting duty, and had finally eached a decision not to stay in it, but get back to the regular AF and go do my job. I was filed with pride when kids came in and joined after that faithful day. It inspired me, it inspired me to get back out in the field and lead as is m charge as a NCO. One of them is on this site and I am proud to have served with her. I actually deploed to Iraq in 2004 with another young man. Despite the great sadness that day, it reenegized my faith in this country. Despite this very contensious election, I am still filled with that energy. I will pause to remember that day and all those that lost their lives, and rededicate to their cause.


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I remember all of the "we will never forget" shirts, bumper stickers and logos on everything , everywhere. I actually said to someone during a discussion, "you will forget, everyone does and that is whats wrong with this country". Well, here we are 7 years later. Where are all of the fanatics? When was the last time someone really even mentioned it? We are so consumed with ourselves in this country that we tend to forget what it is that gives us the freedom to be where we are. With the increased gas prices people are angry at the military being in the middle east. Well, my opinion is this....Those men and women who are serving in our military didnt forget. When they have to pick up their dead comrads because of an IED, they dont forget. When they live day in and day out with bullets from ambush attack missing them by inches, if they are luck, they dont forget. And when a mother, a wife, brothers, sisters, children and friends have to attend another funeral, you can guarantee they DID NOT FORGET!!  So why is it so hard for us to remember? I remember where I was and what I was doing the moment I leanred of the attacks, and trust me, I didnt forget. God bless the men and women who serve in our military, and lets not forget about us, the Law Enforcement Officers who are keeping america safe. Are we not worthy of some respect? When I go to bed in my middle class home, with my middle class family, and I know that I wont become a victim of a terrorist while I sleep becasue the men and women are protecting the airports and seaports and the streets of my city, I can sleep well. Never forget who you are and what we stand for.


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I will be working the streets again. Just like pretty much every year since it happened. I was working the streets on 9-11-01, when the aircraft were crashing into the WTC. I was in a store, getting something to drink and saw it on their T.V.. I said holy crap, we're under attack. Then I left and went to a pre determined area in my county for emergency operations at various explosive plants in our county.

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I remember all of the "we will never forget" shirts, bumper stickers and logos on everything , everywhere. I actually said to someone during a discussion, "you will forget, everyone does and that is whats wrong with this country". Well, here we are 7 years later. Where are all of the fanatics? When was the last time someone really even mentioned it? We are so consumed with ourselves in this country that we tend to forget what it is that gives us the freedom to be where we are. With the increased gas prices people are angry at the military being in the middle east. Well, my opinion is this....Those men and women who are serving in our military didnt forget. When they have to pick up their dead comrads because of an IED, they dont forget. When they live day in and day out with bullets from ambush attack missing them by inches, if they are luck, they dont forget. And when a mother, a wife, brothers, sisters, children and friends have to attend another funeral, you can guarantee they DID NOT FORGET!!  So why is it so hard for us to remember? I remember where I was and what I was doing the moment I leanred of the attacks, and trust me, I didnt forget. God bless the men and women who serve in our military, and lets not forget about us, the Law Enforcement Officers who are keeping america safe. Are we not worthy of some respect? When I go to bed in my middle class home, with my middle class family, and I know that I wont become a victim of a terrorist while I sleep becasue the men and women are protecting the airports and seaports and the streets of my city, I can sleep well. Never forget who you are and what we stand for.



Hey there Homicide Det. Let me assure you, I've never forgotten. To this day I remember exactly where I was & what I was doing the moment I heard of the first plane attack.....driving my daughter to school. I returned home asap, laid down in bed in my bedroom & watched in horror as the other tower was hit, and then learned of the 3rd & 4th plane crashes. I've never allowed my children to forget. They are now grown, but they still get angry over that terrible, horrible, gut-wrenching day. My son has grown up to be a very patriotic 18 yr. old young man today. Part of it is because I raised him to be proud of our country, respect the law, honor his maternal grandfathers' Marine Corp service & his father's Air Force duty. I took him to see the Moving Wall, read him books about the military, got him a military encyclopedia set because he became so engrossed in military things, equipment, aircraft, ships, armament & warriors. My father raised a daughter who respects & remembers our country's heroes, our military, our POW/MIAs & our LEOs. We have continued to remember those who fell 9-11-01, & will continue to do so always. My fire dept. lost some of our fellow FF's, & I've got family ties to NYC. Allow me to assure you......my family & I will never forget those who died that day, those who were injured (some grievously), those who lost so very much, those who were affected bone-marrow deep.......to the core of their very souls. No matter how stressed we become, how high the gas prices rise, how corrupt our politicians become. My children & I don't forget what we stand for & who we are. My hat's off to the LEOs, FFs, EMS/EMTs & military personnel.....& I salute you. And we remember the innocent civilians we lost as well. All these losses changing the very fabric of our nation forever after.


And as for LEOs & the LE community in general? You've got a helluva supporter in my children & me. My brother-in-law is LEO in CA & I'm going into a related field of LE.

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I was an active duty Marine on September 11, 2001.  I can remember it like it was yesterday.  Despite the fact I was in the military, I don't have the 30 bumper stickers on my truck.  That doesn't take away from my patriotism, however.  I will always love my country and defend it 'Against all enemies; foreign and domestic.'  I may not sport the t-shirt, but I will never forget.


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The longest day of my life. Being the youngest retiree to respond I was tasked with the unfortunate job of assembling the first morgue outside of Manhattan on Staten Island at Miller Fields old aircraft hangar. As we assembled two F-22's flew over our heads and tipped their wings at us. The feeling was surreal because outside of going to Coney Island on the Fourth of July it was the only time I ever saw our military fly overhead, but this time it wasn't for a celebration.


My son was seven years old and couldn’t understand why I was wearing a black shirt, BDU pants, my gun belt, and my NYPD baseball cap - since he understood I was retired. I was part of a unit that went to New Jersey and allocated supplies from a Lowes on Rt. 9 - as we crossed back over to Staten Island over the Outterbridge Crossing I had looked over to my left and saw a ploom coming from Manhattan, building seven had just gone down. We then established a second morgue on the South Shore of Staten Island at the hockey rink - the last time I had been there was to play - now we had plywood planks up and down the ice with boxes of 95 tags (toe tags) standing by - alas no bodies were to be recovered in order to place there.


The days, weeks, and months that followed brought me to the Fresh Kills landfill where the crime scene was relocated. I was always shocked by the clothing that I recovered that was unscathed, the wallets in 5 gallon pails we stacked, as well as the bones that would be brought to the morgue and DNA taken from them in order to bring closure to the families. An ex girlfriend of mine had called me, and the shock was over whelming for her, she asked if I found anything of her cousin to call her. Her rationale thought process was gone - to this day she never fully recovered. I myself had to have surgery due to the dust I sucked in, now I have no less than a dozen friends who worked at ground zero as well as Fresh Kills who are now dying a slow death. I keep my air mask still that was given to me on the first day of search and rescue, before being declared a recovery operation as a stark reminder of that day - not like I actually need a material item to remind me.


 


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I'll never forget where I was that's for sure. We were having a funeral for my Aunt in Albany, NY. My brother got paged that the WTC had been hit.l We were discussing it outside the funeral parlor. When the second one ghot hit he was recalled to Boston. I headed home asap, so few cars on the T-WAY I think I only passed two troop cars who were flying in the other direction. Over 100 miles I didnt see anyone else. It was erie.


But what stands out most in my mind is that even now, we aren't safe. It has only been due to the dillegence of the people trying to stop stuff and sheer luck that we havent been hit again. I hope we don't mess up because more than ever our enimies want us dead.


It's kinda strange - the young men and women of our military join the forces to go and fight the threats that face us. They freely accept the responcibility then go directly into harms way. Same as the Police officers and Firefighters that ran into the WTC trying to help others as all others ran out afraid.


When will the twisted minds of the world realize this is America? They only piss us off and bring out the very best in us when they attack us?


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Living in Port Saint Lucie, Fl. at the time, I found my self in my car traveling down the P.S.L. blvd. heading to the supermarket radio off, I notice every car in front, and next to me blowing their car horns off like mad, headlamps went on, drivers hitting their steering wheels, crap it was like madness had set in, I turned my radio on when the news said the first WTC Tower went down, I entered the Publix market, everyone crying with the news blurring over the p.a. I went into a instant depression right on the spot!

My thoughts, I as many died inside that faithful day, I feel that I should have been there in uniform working.

My Prayers Too All Who Died And Their Families Who Suffer To This Day!


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It seems like people forget too easily. While remembering on 9-11 is a very important reminder, the key is to remember everyday, that bad things can happen. Be thankful for what you have, and always be vigilant.


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I remember exactly what I was doing the moment all hell broke loose. I have never been more terrified and helpless as I did at that moment. I was at work and it took all the strength and courage I had not to break down. I was in the middle of starting to school for criminal justice and it was then that I had a newfound respect for ALL law enforcement officers, emergency service workers, and firefighters.


I just want to thank all of you who wake up each day to put your life on the line to protect and serve! Yes I thank the military as well for all they do. But  come on, law enforcement officers never get the respect they deserve. So again, as we come upon the trageic day, I thank all of you out there who are dedicated and who proudly serve!!

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I was in NIPAS Swat school when this happened.  A group of us were at the Illinois State Police Range in Elgin when this happened.  A lot of Departments had guys there including a few US Marshalls.  Everyone's pagers went off and training was cancelled for the day.  It was an eerie feeling and sight to drive past O'Hare airport and see it shut down.  I'll never forget that day.  Stay safe and never forget.


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I remember all of the "we will never forget" shirts, bumper stickers and logos on everything , everywhere. I actually said to someone during a discussion, "you will forget, everyone does and that is whats wrong with this country". Well, here we are 7 years later. Where are all of the fanatics? When was the last time someone really even mentioned it? We are so consumed with ourselves in this country that we tend to forget what it is that gives us the freedom to be where we are. With the increased gas prices people are angry at the military being in the middle east. Well, my opinion is this....Those men and women who are serving in our military didnt forget. When they have to pick up their dead comrads because of an IED, they dont forget. When they live day in and day out with bullets from ambush attack missing them by inches, if they are luck, they dont forget. And when a mother, a wife, brothers, sisters, children and friends have to attend another funeral, you can guarantee they DID NOT FORGET!!  So why is it so hard for us to remember? I remember where I was and what I was doing the moment I leanred of the attacks, and trust me, I didnt forget. God bless the men and women who serve in our military, and lets not forget about us, the Law Enforcement Officers who are keeping america safe. Are we not worthy of some respect? When I go to bed in my middle class home, with my middle class family, and I know that I wont become a victim of a terrorist while I sleep becasue the men and women are protecting the airports and seaports and the streets of my city, I can sleep well. Never forget who you are and what we stand for.


 


I don't think anyone has forgotten but it is just like anything else we are moving forward. It was a horrible act of murder that we as americans will never forget, but it is time to move on and not dwell. We have overcome and returned to as normal a life as possible. We are always thinking in the back of our collective minds and are reminded every day by the news of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. WE WILL NEVER FORGET but we also must move on that I feel is what we need and have done to show those murdering bastards that we are AMERICANS and we will always prevail.


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I def. havent forgotten. I was in 6th grade but knew full well what was going on. The attacks on the WTC were personal to me. My grandfather was a ironworker forman for the North Tower during construction and my dad was staying at the WTC marriott that day(happened to leave 5 min before 1st plane hit). When i saw the Towers fall, i wept hard. this event has pushed me to work hard to be a leo so i can do what the leo did on 9-11.  everynow and then though i see cars with the American flag and says Never Forget. 9/11/2001 from Burger King. I still have mine. showing I will never forget 9-11

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 We as a people need to realize the threats are still real.we as a people are still hated.We as a people need to remember everyday, not just the date.I'am watching the news coverage now, tonight the motor mouths will pick apart all that will be said today, by our leaders and hopeful leaders, who had the best speech, the facts will remain the same, this isn't over, I fear more is to come.I hope that we will stand together, united as one, on guard, and defend. God Bless one and all. David

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I was there and this day just continues in my mind with the sights and smells that never leave me..God Bless all my friends and others that perished this day...............

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I was in 9th grade in first period when the 2nd tower got hit.

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Sorry, this will take 2 parts....


  I am a retired New York City Detective. I was assigned to Manhattan South Narcotics and had been for about two months, my team boss was Sgt. Vega and my Administrative Lieutenant, a great guy named Lt. Hennigan. I had been transferred from Bronx Narcotics where I had worked for about seven or eight years. I look at the clock right know and realize that I was asleep in 2001. I had been detailed to election duty that day and was going to work a day tour. The horror of September 11th 2001 started for me with a phone call from my ex- wife, she was calling to tell me to turn on the television because one of the towers of the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane.....terrified at first, I turned the T.V. on and saw....and thought what, probably most of you did. I reassured my ex-wife that everything was going to be ok. It looked like a small plane had hit the tower because of pilot error. Because I had the detail that day, I jumped into the shower and had my uniform at home which I threw on.


     It's also important to tell you that I was a State Board member on the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, part of a team that represented approximately 30,000 members of the law enforcement community in New York State. This is important because we had a few cars with Fraternal Order Of Police markings on them complete with lights and sirens. At the time, one of the other board members who lived near me had one of the cars. I lived in Levittown, Long Island, for those of you not from New York, it would take over two and a half hours for me to get to the city during rush hour on a regular day. I called the board member who lived near me and had one of the cars (he was retired from a different department). I asked him if I could stop by, drop of my car, take the marked car and I mentioned that I had no idea when i would be back to get my car. Of course, due to the circumstances, he said no problem. As I hung up the phone with him, I saw the second plane impact on the World Trade Center.


     It was at that point that I thought , I'm sure, what many of you thought...there was no small plane, this was no "pilot accident" and that thousands and thousands of lives were either lost already....or were soon to be lost, I do not mind telling you that as I write this I have a couple of tears. I lost it a little bit at that time...I know this because I got lost going to pick up the other car. A lapse of time which may be a reason I am still here today. I got to the house, switched cars, equipment, keys, etc. I started towards the city obviously using everything that car had to get me there as fast as possible. Thank God, I had picked up the car. It was pretty insane trying to get onto the roadways necessary to get me to the city. At first and for a while the traffic was impossible. People did not know where they wanted to go and were turning around over dividers...backing out of entrances.


     As I got onto the major roads, it was amazing, no more traffic, there were patrol cars, first Nassau County, then the City cars blocking the entrances to the parkways and expressways. They were making sure that whoever got onto the road had a legitimate purpose. Once on it was amazing to look in the rear view mirrors....you would see cars lined up behind yours, some with lights and sirens, some with official parking placards showing on their dash boards or visors...and they would be flashing their bright's on and off.


     To look out of the front of your car and in the direction of the city, it was terrifying. I had never in my life seen the amount of smoke pouring from the city, and it was not the "normal" smoke from a house or car fire...it was the smoke....the smoke of war, the smoke that comes only when and where someone has made the kind of a strike against a nation that history is changing in front of your eyes, it was the smoke of uncertainty, it was the smoke of death and it was a smoke that was telling each and every one of us to go faster....to get there , to do something..anything. I could also hear the yelling on the radio, it was absolutely horrifying.


      The smoke was also confusing, because you would look into the smoke trying to see whatever was there, was it two buildings...was it one....was it less than that. I had been to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the details on the midnights after word. I never thought after looking at the size of the crater left after that bombing that anything...anything could ever take one of the buildings down, never mind the both of them. The closer you got to the city, the more anxious and scared you got. Looking at that scarred skyline I realized something...felt something; I never want to feel again, never again would the skyline of the city be the same, Never would I gaze upon the World Trade Center, an area so large it had it's own zip code. The other thought, much more crushing in it's enormity, was the fact that people were lost....not 20, 30 or 40....not hundreds but thousands.


     I arrived soon after the second Tower collapsed and contacted my command. I remember a group of us went into a hardware store with a broken front trying to find anything useful. Anything that would help. maybe gloves or a mask. I left that building with three things.....the first, I have no idea why I thought it would have a purpose; a pipe wrench...I held onto it for hours only to toss it to the side, the other things were a mini-mag lite and it's holder. There was nothing...nothing we could use in there.


     I went to the tip of Battery Park first, we were cutting gaps into the permanent fencing so boats could pull up and evacuate people to New Jersey. We could hear people calling 10-13's (officer needs assistance) or 85's (basically the same thing) on the radio's. We also heard that the Pentagon had been hit, we heard things that were not true as well, like the Sears Towers were hit or the capitol. As we were letting people onto the boats, every time a boat pulled up, tug boat, harbor pilot boat, Police Harbor units etc... a line would form and people would get on. Well a boat had just pulled up to the gap where I was, it was a huge tug boat. I noticed a guy on the line who just did not look right. Before the boat pulled up, I announced that anyone getting on the boat had to show whatever was in their bag or on their person if asked. I was just glancing into bags as the people got on. The guy that caught my attention looked more and more nervous as he got closer to me. He got up to me and then when I asked to look in his bag, he said no and that he just wanted to get on the boat. I asked him again  show the bag and he tried to pull it away from me. To make a long story short; he was cuffed and in custody inside the bag was a loaded and cocked 9 mm with extra magazines covered by a couple hand towels.


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Part 2.....


   A sergeant that was nearby was notified, a car was called for and I was transported with the "perp" to a chief. We were sent by the chief to a nearby precinct, I filled out the arrest report, the complaint report and the arrest was assigned to a restricted duty officer. I was transported back to the World Trade Center. I was relieved because the courts had been closed and would remain so indefinitely, I just wanted to get back and get into the search and rescue. I was NYC Emergency Medical Services as well as a volunteer firefighter trained in rescue before I became a cop.


     When I got to the actual site, I could not believe what I saw. I was near the West Side Highway by Ladder 10 and Truck 10. The first thing I remember is a sound that to this day chills me to the bone and brings me right back to 9/11. It was the sound of the device the firefighters wear that starts to beep if there is no movement for awhile or if they are activated. They sound almost exactly like the alarm on a truck that is backing up. There were hundreds of them going off. We had no masks, gloves, nothing except my riot helmet. We were trying to find anyone...anyhow.  I remember looking around at all the other buildings that were burning. The firefighters were trying to do the best they could. There is a Marriott Hotel on the west side highway that was not destroyed in the attack. They had hoses running all the way up the inside trying to spray the building next to it and get as much water on it as they could.  I was with a group of firefighters two of them had devices that could see the heat signature inside of the buildings and could tell which were in really bad shape due to the heat. One of them mentioned that building 7 which contained the mayors emergency command bunker, was not doing well. To our horror that building collapsed close to 1730 hours. Whoever was there, worked through the night. We heard that the Chief of the Fire Department had lost his life. Some of what we heard was sadly, true; some was just rumor.


     We were trying to go in a little at a time, we would form lines of emergency workers just taking off little scraps a bit at a time. There was nothing more that we could do, if we found a hole that we could crawl into and look for anyone, we could not make any real progress because we were working with our hands. But we dug, inch by inch. I had never in my life seen so much death and destruction. We had heard that hundreds of firefighters and cops lost their lives. Night turned into day and we kept going, there were volunteer doctors and nurses who had set up triage centers, one was at ladder 10 and truck 10. We would stop digging, exhausted and we would go into the triage center. They would give us fluids by I.V. , wash our eyes out, give us some oxygen, and we would go back in. Hoping that we would find anything. Every now and then someone would yell quiet.....they had thought they heard something and that whole site......with all of those rescue workers would get so quiet you could hear a pin drop; but it never panned out. There was fire burning underneath the pile for over a month, areas where you would not het burned, you had to watch because you could fall, or get cut upon razor sharp debris.


     I remember going into the subway across from the World Trade Center....there was a train in the subway, thankfully, everyone had gotten out. One end of the tunel had beams that crashed through the top of the tunnel completely blocking one side; the other side went on a downward angle and the tunnel just filled with water in that direction.


     What we really needed to help us search were the iron workers....and I still remember when they started to come in. They were unreal, and they  worked just as hard as us. But they could cut through beams and thick pieces of metal. One of the things that also struck me was that there were only inches separating floors. entire floors separated by anywhere from 4 to ten inches, and there were no phones, no computers. The biggest office buildings in the world and everything was just dust. There is no need for me to keep going into the horrors which we all know so well.


     I spent over 72 hours there, went home, took a shower and headed right back. Thousands of people who did not make it, people who will still have medical problems and die from 9/11 related illnesses and no one knows for sure just how many will have these effects shorten their lives. All 7 buildings that made up the World Trade Center Complex....gone. The most serious attack to ever occur in the continental United States. The only attack on the United States that comes close to 9/11/2001 is Pearl Harbor. I lost two very close friends from the New York City Police Department who served in the Emergency Services Unit.


     I worked for one month at the site performing search and rescue and then peer and survivor support. I actually ended up transferring to a unit that helped men and women of any rank in the New York City Police Department get through the emotional trauma of 9/11 in addition to other critical incidents they may have gone through.


     There is an amazing sign of hope that I think separates this country from others. The thousands and thousands of volunteer workers that responded, from police, fire, emergency medical services, Doctors, Nurses, peer support, steel workers,iron workers to people that were feeding us and trying to make sure we had basic needs. I remember a sight that brought hope back into my heart during the nightmare of the search and rescue; anytime I left the area there were huge crowds of people on the West Side Highway that would try to cheer the rescue workers up. When you were stopped in traffic, they would offer drinks or food to you. The country responded amazingly as well, after some time went by and there was more of an understanding of the materiel's needed, there would be miles of tractor trailers full of all manner of equipment to help us do the rescue work.


     Thank you for taking the time to read this...and thank you for caring


                                                      Detective Michael J. Saxe Retired/Disabled NYPD




 


Michael is the V.P. of American Police Veterans www.policevets.org, for all sworn Law Enforcement, from the newly hired to active and retired and disabled Law Enforcement Professionals. He is also Executive Director of Central Florida C.O.P.S.-P.O. Stephen Driscoll NYPD /Det. Joseph Vigiano NYPD E.O.W. 9/11/2001
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