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Kaylin Brown Essay

Home of the Brave

On September 11th, just four people short of three thousand died as a result of the terror attacks. Of those victims, four hundred twelve were first responders willing to give their lives to try and save others. The events of this day have caused the most law enforcement line of duty deaths of any other incident in U.S. history (“Fallen Officers from 9/11 Terrorist Attacks”). All of the responders who rushed out to assist after the attacks had no guarantee of surviving, yet they still courageously gave all of their effort to help. The officers and firefighters who died trying to help did not let fear overcome them as they gave their lives in the ultimate act of bravery.

Three hundred forty-three of the first responders who died were firefighters. William Feehan was not only a firefighter, but he was also a legend in his field for having held every rank in the department throughout his career. Feehan was seventy-one years old on September 11th, making him the oldest responder killed trying to help (Ramirez). Chief Feehan perished when the South Tower collapsed on his command post. Even at his age, after such a long and fulfilling career in his fire department, Chief Feehan was still brave enough to rush to the scene and never abandon his commanding post at the towers.

New York Police Officer John Perry was in the midst of turning in his papers for retirement at headquarters when he heard the call that the World Trade Center towers had been struck. He hurried into the towers to help those who could not get out, but he never made it out himself (Leshan). On that day Officer Perry could have very easily submitted his retirement papers, gone home, and survived; however, he did not ignore the call for help and sacrificed himself trying to help others, displaying his immense bravery.

Fred Morrone was the Chief of the Port Authority Police at the time, and his office was in Jersey City, but when he heard the call he went over to Manhattan without any hesitation. He was not only brave enough to enter the tower, but he was also brave enough to take the time to talk to those he passed and reassure them that everything would be all right (Leshan). When the tower collapsed Chief Morrone was still in it. He died still trying to get as many civilians out to safety as he could.

Among the many responders who lost their lives on September 11th, nine of them were emergency medics. Richard Allen Pearlman was the youngest responder that died, at only eighteen years old. He had joined the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps when he was eighteen. In October of 2001, Richie was supposed to start his training as an EMT. On September 11th, Richie was in Manhattan when the attacks occurred. He immediately responded, despite his employer giving him orders to return to the offices where he would be safe (Jung). Richie had so much potential in his life, and his employer recognized this when he told Richie to stay in the offices. Despite this, Richie was too brave to ignore the incident and remain in the safety of the office. He gave up his career as an EMT and his life to save others after the attacks.

These brave men, as well as all the other victims of the September 11th attacks will never be forgotten. They will be remembered for their accomplishments and their impact on people’s lives, but most of all, they will be remembered for their incredible bravery. The events of September 11th are often remembered for their unexpected tragedy, the feeling of a loss of security and safety they produced, and the overwhelming fear they caused; but that is not all that those events caused. The attacks brought out courage and bravery in everyone but especially in these heroes who saw the danger of the attacks as an opportunity to save lives. Too many victims were lost but had these brave men not sacrificed their lives to keep more people from dying, the loss would have been far greater than three thousand.