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    I never have been able to erase that sound from my memory

    I never have been able to erase that sound from my memory

    9/11/01 and Memory

    … the sound of the PASS (Personal Alert Safety System) alarms worn by firemen, which continued chirping after the buildings collapsed, each one representing a life lost.  I never have been able to erase that sound from my memory.


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    I did not notice that before. Now I will and I will offer a prayer for all of them.

    I can’t forget the picture of that firefighter coming up the stairs as someone was going down to safety.
    He looked resolute but apprehensive.
    I haven’t seen that picture in years and I always wondered about him.

    One side note. This morning NONE of the legacy networks appeared to give much if any coverage of that happened that life changing day. Fox ran it’s coverage from back them almost in its entirety.
    WE will never forget.
    The liberals don’t seem to care

    bigskydoc | September 11, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I hadn’t seen this before, and I will never hear a PASS device the same again. As a former fireman, that sent chills down my spine.

    @RWGinger. The famous picture of a firefighter coming up the North Tower Stairs while residents went down was of Mike Kehoe who survived, although 11 men from his firehouse were lost. If you Google his name you can see if that is the guy you are thinking of. I am sure there were other, less famous pictures.

    – bsd

    that is the one and thank you for this.
    I am so thankful he made it out yet I know he wonders why.

    this quote could come from any of our first
    thank you again

    Of all of the photos, videos and stories that help to portray the shock, dispair, mourning, anger and yes, determination to exact revenge on the cowards who used planes as weapons, this has got to be about the most chilling I’ve yet seen or heard. The video and audio are eerie but knowing what all of those sounds meant – a horrendous loss of many of NYC’s finest first responders (specifically firefighters wearing these safety devices, but knowing that each beep in many ways represents more than one lost soul given the number and variety of first-responders who were present when the buildings collapsed) – makes it among the most haunting 35 seconds of video we’re likely to see in our lifetimes. Like the men and women who have deployed to far-flung areas of the world to fight the terrorists on their own turf, these firefighters, paramedics and police… officers ran towards the chaos while everyone else was sanely trying to distance themselves from the danger. It’s been said that “courage is not the absence of fear but the determination that something else is more important than that fear.” Anyone who deliberately entered those towers in order to help others was courageous in a way and under circumstances that most of us have never and will never experience.

    Words cannot adequately express the gratitude that we as a nation owe to these true heros who faced a seemingly impossible situation with courage and determination to help those in need despite what they must have known at some level within themselves were long odds of surviving, but I’ll say it anyway:

    To those first responders and other individual heros lost that day – Thank you for your sacrifice. Your actions will forever be an inspiration and a reminder that the best of humanity is often seen when circumstances seem to be at their worst.

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