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I wanted to take the time to thank any member who served this country, any member who has worn a uniform, any member who has served both family and their community. any member who is an American and is thankful for it instead of complaining. Tomorrow I visit my brothers and the memories of those who have died 9/11 and post 9/11 and continue to die. It’s in the hundreds so far and continuing including many more I knew and worked with. A year after 9/11 I was appointed a trustee in the UFA and served another 14 years. It was a total honor to hold that position for many years. My career ended after failing an FDNY medical from lung disease and was forced to retired under the World Trade Center bill. My dad was one of the last competitively tested chiefs of dept in the FDNY since 1865 to hold that rank. He was also a United States marine and a nypd police officer, and son of an NYPD police officer who was appointed in 1922 and died of a leg wound. After becoming chief of Dept, heretired after 45 years of uniformed service, I did 32.5 . We have had eight relations in NYC in the military, police and FDNY since 1922.

Besides being proud of who I am and what I’ve come from. I ask every one of you guys to stand up for being an American tomorrow. Be proud of being an American, your heritage, your family dedication, love and honor. Stand tall to traitors like these bags of sh#t occasia or what ever her foreign name is and the Muslim traitors of Congress and the rest who ever their names are.

Be proud GTT brothers, politics aside, tomorrow is 9/11, never forget

Don FDNY
 

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Thank you to you and your family for your service also, Firemark.:usa

Tomorrow at 1800 the ceremony will begin to remember all who were lost on 9/11 and who have been lost since from the after effects and those in the military who died fighting the Global War on Terror. The ceremony will be at a local park built by the mother of a 25 year old young man who had just started a job in the WTC. It is a beautiful memorial. I believe that I have posted pictures previously on here. The keynote speaker tomorrow will be a retired US Army Colonel who was in the attack on the Pentagon. He was in the D ring, second floor. The American Legion and VFW provide the Color Guard, the Boy Scouts lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. I wear my uniform which makes me feel 15 or 20 years younger for a couple hours. I'll do it as long as I am able to preserve the memory of 9/11.

If you have the opportunity to attend a ceremony, please do. If any of you live in northeast Pennsylvania or the Binghamton, New York area, come to the South Montrose memorial park. You won't be sorry that you attended.
 

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Thank you to you and your family for your service also, Firemark.:usa

Tomorrow at 1800 the ceremony will begin to remember all who were lost on 9/11 and who have been lost since from the after effects and those in the military who died fighting the Global War on Terror. The ceremony will be at a local park built by the mother of a 25 year old young man who had just started a job in the WTC. It is a beautiful memorial. I believe that I have posted pictures previously on here. The keynote speaker tomorrow will be a retired US Army Colonel who was in the attack on the Pentagon. He was in the D ring, second floor. The American Legion and VFW provide the Color Guard, the Boy Scouts lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. I wear my uniform which makes me feel 15 or 20 years younger for a couple hours. I'll do it as long as I am able to preserve the memory of 9/11.

If you have the opportunity to attend a ceremony, please do. If any of you live in northeast Pennsylvania or the Binghamton, New York area, come to the South Montrose memorial park. You won't be sorry that you attended.
Thank you for your service Don, and your wonderful and moving statements. When I came on the job, all the senior guys were Vietnam vets. They were ass kicking fireman during what all us new and young guys learned were the “war years” of the dept. company’s doing 9,000 runs a year with heavy heavy fire duty. They were the most respected men in the dept, and the NYPD too. So thank you for your service providing dignity honor and service to a country that never thanked you at that time. Well everyone of my guys, still thanks you. God bless tomorrow and have a good day with good thoughts in your heart and soul.

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FIREARM It is plain to see you come from a long line of family who understand the need for those willing to serve others , and did not hesitate to follow in their footsteps. Thank you for your years of service. We will always remember 9/11
 

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Howdy Don.
While I am not a policeman/Fireman/EMT, I am an automotive/heavy truck mechanic who works for the govt entity that owns the WTC site so unfortunately/fortunately, I spent more time there from 9/11 onward then I'd like to admit. And I have met dozens upon dozens of your fellow brothers in uniform. They are all amazing people who run towards danger, while safeguarding everyone thats running out.

We lost over 80 fellow employees that day, including 37 PAPD Police officers, and Sirius, a Police K-9.

I wish I could relay more facts about that fateful day and afterwards but it is still a memory of which I try to keep pushed into the back of my head, but this time of year always brings it back as if it were yesterday..... so I will leave you with my wishes that your lung condition does not get any worse (I do hope you are being monitored by the WTC Registery at Rutgers/Princeton and if you arent, please do so. https://eohsi.rutgers.edu/centers/world-trade-center-health-program/

Godspeed to you and your family and, thank you for your service.


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I wanted to take the time to thank any member who served this country, any member who has worn a uniform, any member who has served both family and their community. any member who is an American and is thankful for it instead of complaining. Tomorrow I visit my brothers and the memories of those who have died 9/11 and post 9/11 and continue to die. It’s in the hundreds so far and continuing including many more I knew and worked with. A year after 9/11 I was appointed a trustee in the UFA and served another 14 years. It was a total honor to hold that position for many years. My career ended after failing an FDNY medical from lung disease and was forced to retired under the World Trade Center bill. My dad was one of the last competitively tested chiefs of dept in the FDNY since 1865 to hold that rank. He was also a United States marine and a nypd police officer, and son of an NYPD police officer who was appointed in 1922 and died of a leg wound. After becoming chief of Dept, heretired after 45 years of uniformed service, I did 32.5 . We have had eight relations in NYC in the military, police and FDNY since 1922.

Besides being proud of who I am and what I’ve come from. I ask every one of you guys to stand up for being an American tomorrow. Be proud of being an American, your heritage, your family dedication, love and honor. Stand tall to traitors like these bags of sh#t occasia or what ever her foreign name is and the Muslim traitors of Congress and the rest who ever their names are.

Be proud GTT brothers, politics aside, tomorrow is 9/11, never forget

Don FDNY
There is, and always be a special place in my heart for the NY Firemen because of the unselfish service that they and others provided after the Murrah bombing. I was very impressed at that time, and I was proud that Oklahoma was able to send firemen after 911. I have ever since regarded NY as a sister city, and their firemen as special friends. Both my brothers are retired fireman; I am the black sheep who went to law school.
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Firemark--no retired firemen or police -just military in my family. Flight 93 is just 10 miles from my house. i pushed dirt right across the road from the entrance to it. both places had coal underneath of the ground there. the federal government had to have the ground across the road from flight 93-so we had to finish back filling the job that summer-hrs was of no concern at that time. sometimes i just slept a few hrs in the dozer-daylight came in and they would wake me up then, go for coffee-and then i ran that day, repeat till next morning till i got too sleepy. after a couple of days-i would come home to shower, get a fresh bucket and coffee and go back then. we finished in time that summer-even after i swamped the d11 at 3 am one morning:lol:

it has really grown at the flight 93 area-all kind of stuff built their now. was up there a few yrs ago--and they made us sit so thumping far away u couldn't see-or really hear what they was saying-so i just watch it on our local channel now--u can see and hear wonderfully.

3 more hrs i can start watching it here on tv.

thanks to u and ur entire family for all there service plus urs too.:good2:
 

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Firemark Thanks to you and your family for your service- Brother. The day we never forget. Sure were a lot of great men and women lost that day and still plays in my head. Thanks again for your service and take care :usa:usa:usa
 

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It's not just the 2977 people killed. They all had families that live on. All of the service people were just doing what they do without out much thought to their personal safety is amazing. All of the people that were injured, thousands. All of the firefighters, cops and medics that now live with health problems. Saying Thank You will never be enough.

Any program or payment, whatever, will never be enough to say how much your work was and is needed and appreciated.
 

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Firemark & Toughsox - you guys are the best. NYPD and FDNY get a lot (well deserved :good2:) recognition, but the PAPD folks are rarely mentioned in the press. THANKS for all that you do and have done in the past.

I was thinking about 9/11 yesterday afternoon. My daughters are 28 and 26 now, so they were in elementary school when it happened. I'll have to ask my youngest tonight what she remembers about it. I do remember that their school had a banner that commemorated 9/11 hanging on the building for quite a while. It dawned on me yesterday that this year's graduating class won't have anyone that was even born on 9/11.

I still have a collection of the "Special Edition" newspapers that were printed that day. I was in the bookstore waiting for the papers to be delivered when I heard a big boom! I thought at first that maybe a stack of cases of books had fallen in the backroom, but it turns out that it was from a sonic boom from an F-16 that was escorting Air Force One over our air space.

Everyone was on edge that day and for several days afterwards. There was a panic and news reports of a bombing out near our local VA Center because of a plume of smoke out that way. Turns out that someone was burning brush.

I was doing a job outside of NYC (in New Rochelle) in 2002. One evening I took the train into the City and visited Ground Zero. The fires had gone out by then, but it was still a stark reminder of what had happened. It's something I'll never forget.

God bless you guys that were there in the aftermath! And, THANK YOU! :usa
 

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The memorial in South Montrose, PA has five granite block with the names of each victim of the attacks. The names are listed alphabetical, by first name. The last name on the list is K9 Sirius. :usa
Those dogs were absolutely amazing. We didn’t have them right away. From day one till quite sometime we had no masks and no dogs and no one else. When the dogs came they were a breath of fresh air and one of the few positives. It was one of the few times a dog handler let guys pet them. They worked with us on what became known as the “pile”. It was a term coined by us from the FDNY from the beginning. The ground zero site amongst us till this day is still known as the “pile”. Sadly many of the dogs got sick and passed, it broke our hearts. Deep down, we knew it would happen to us next. We knew, many of us who made it thru would pass. So far it’s approached an additional 250 men including two from my own company who were friends of mine and brothers. I could go on for ever but I won’t. I have rarely shared anything about the 11th with anyone but for the first time I did a little bit with you guys. It’s something we rarely talk about with any one outside our ranks. Today all the guys I was with meet a a local 9/11 museum, the pipers come and we have a small ceremony that only us and our families attend. We than follow with a luncheon on the water that overlooks where the towers stood and as marine co 9 comes and does the red white and blue water cannons in the background, we form a group picture every year. The fire boat was disbanded and replaced recently. It was the largest firefighting vessel in the world and the guys in that co never got credit foe all they have done. the pilot is a personal friend of mine, his brother who was in my co was with me that day and was hurt, never working full duty again. I also wanted to add, my dad was the three star chief at the time who was head of the New York City Fire dept bureau of fire investigation that determined the cause and origin of the 93 trade center bombing with the fire Marshall’s. He worked with director Fox who was phenomenal and one of the most talented members of the FBI. Fox was later forced out by sc$mbag politicians for a remark that our corrupt press ran. My dad eventually held the only five star position. He died not to long ago and the commissioner that I know, gave him full line of duty honors in which the marine Corp sent an honor guard and hundreds turned out in uniform. Sadly, I can’t go to our 9/11 meet today I’m still recovering from my injury 2 years ago. I was in a coma and on a ventilator for a month before being taken in an ambulance from the hospital to Kessler institute and come out of the coma and taken off the vent. I was paralyzed on my left leg and arm after having a bad TBI. I had really bad damage. When I was able to speak a little bit I told the doctor, “ i’m Walking out of here one day”. He said please don’t try now. I major portion of my skull was gone to relieve pressure and I lived with a helmet on and in a wheel chair. I had reduced thought process and capacity. I never gave up and stood and held on to my bed barely. A month later, I walked to his office door and knocked. He opened the door and his jaw dropped. I sad,”I told you I would walk in here and walk out of this place one day”. He said please don’t do that without help, one fall and your brain bruised will be your death. I walked out many months later, and went home from Kessler and the staff was so happy and smiled with joy as my wife drove me home months after I had fallen. I had a plate put back in my head and can walk and drive after a year and 1/2 of serious additional F18988AE-0DB9-4E16-9FE2-0DFF75076D06.jpeg therapy. Oh, I forgot to tell ya, I operate my tractor! Guys don’t be sad today, I’m not. Celebrate the day and thank GOD what you have. He saved my life more than once and I’m thankfull.
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The first is my wife’s sisters dog who we took in for awhile when her life was in transition. The second is my dog that my wife got me as a companion and to help me walk.


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WOW,, Thank you and your family for your service. Glad to hear you are doing better. Prayers..

Not a fireman ,policeman , EMT, but did wear a uniform for almost 9 yrs USAR. :usa

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I wanted to take the time to thank any member who served this country, any member who has worn a uniform, any member who has served both family and their community. any member who is an American and is thankful for it instead of complaining. Tomorrow I visit my brothers and the memories of those who have died 9/11 and post 9/11 and continue to die. It’s in the hundreds so far and continuing including many more I knew and worked with. A year after 9/11 I was appointed a trustee in the UFA and served another 14 years. It was a total honor to hold that position for many years. My career ended after failing an FDNY medical from lung disease and was forced to retired under the World Trade Center bill. My dad was one of the last competitively tested chiefs of dept in the FDNY since 1865 to hold that rank. He was also a United States marine and a nypd police officer, and son of an NYPD police officer who was appointed in 1922 and died of a leg wound. After becoming chief of Dept, heretired after 45 years of uniformed service, I did 32.5 . We have had eight relations in NYC in the military, police and FDNY since 1922.

Besides being proud of who I am and what I’ve come from. I ask every one of you guys to stand up for being an American tomorrow. Be proud of being an American, your heritage, your family dedication, love and honor. Stand tall to traitors like these bags of sh#t occasia or what ever her foreign name is and the Muslim traitors of Congress and the rest who ever their names are.

Be proud GTT brothers, politics aside, tomorrow is 9/11, never forget

Don FDNY
Lost my brother in Desert storm and I’m also a former Volenteer firefighter




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I'm sure I've post this before but what the heck.
My JD dealer...

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I've been dealing with Tim since 1988 and consider him a friend more than my dealer.
A long read but worth it, IMO.

A Day in September :: Tim Mullally
 

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Keith, I read that story the first time you posted it and it is well worth the time to read. I've never met him, but I have to believe that Tim is a heck of a guy. I'd like to meet him some day.
 

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What a great story Keith, thanks for sharing that again for some of us newer guys. I'd be proud to have him as my dealer.
 

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Also let’s not forget the K9s that helped. The poor dogs were getting so depressed that they weren’t finding any survivors that the first responders actually had people hide in the wreckage for the dogs to find and give them hope.


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