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Final Picture of WTC Hero:Dad Finds Tragic Son in New Web Archive
New York Post ^ | September 10, 2010 | TOM TOPOUSIS

Posted on 09/09/2010 9:48:55 PM PDT by lbryce

Jud Box has spent eight years coping with the death of his firefighter son at the World Trade Center -- but that didn't prepare him for what he saw posted to a new online archive of photos and videos about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Scrolling through the archive, Box came face to face with his son, Gary Box, a firefighter with Brooklyn's Squad 1, who was captured by a digital camera lugging his gear through a traffic-clogged Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel on his way to Ground Zero. It's the last known photo of Gary Box, then 35, who died an hour later in the toppling towers. His remains were never recovered. "I walked out of the room and fell on the floor," the elder Box said of discovering the photo in the online archive being assembled by the World Trade Center Memorial Museum, which has collected 3,000 images and videos in just two months.

"It was a shock emotionally, yet a blessing to find this photo," says Box, 66, now of Weirsdale, Fla. His voice quaking with emotion from recounting his discovery of the photo, Box said he can no longer bring himself to look at it.

"It's like looking at a walking dead man. You know what happened to him within 45 minutes," he said.

The Web site, called Make History Happen, was launched around Sept. 11 of this year as a way to collect images related to the World Trade Center.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; 9thanniversary; fdny; hero; wtc
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Sad, poignant,touching.
1 posted on 09/09/2010 9:49:00 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce
Just heartbreaking.....

Leni

2 posted on 09/09/2010 9:52:40 PM PDT by MinuteGal (B'OR:"Obama is not a Marxist"(10/20/09)..."Communism is no threat to us any more" (9/8/09))
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To: lbryce

Dad, look at your boy. He is a fine, brave man, doing his duty, making you proud, even in his greatest test, in his final hour.

As for the rest of his, this young man’s sacrifice teaches us nothing, if we don’t get out the vote for November 2nd like the future of America depends on it.

Because, it does.


3 posted on 09/09/2010 9:56:01 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: lbryce

gave me chills.... prayers for his family and their endless heartache :-(


4 posted on 09/09/2010 9:58:27 PM PDT by Tamzee (OBAMA ---- ALL SHAM, NO WOW)
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To: lbryce

These brave firefighters saved so many people on that awful day. May they all have a special place with the LORD for making the ultimate sacrifice in the face of great evil.


5 posted on 09/09/2010 9:59:08 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: lbryce

Just one of 3,000 reasons that mosque cannot be built by Ground Zero.


6 posted on 09/09/2010 9:59:33 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

And knowing that a Mosque will be built close to where he died makes me SICK.


7 posted on 09/09/2010 9:59:41 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: lbryce

As much as any of our military heroes, these firefighters were on the front lines, and were the first to fall in this war. God bless this father who has had to endure this heartbreak.


8 posted on 09/09/2010 10:28:09 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: lbryce

I’ve always wondered how many of them knew in their gut “This is it”, but charged up the stairwells anyway. Big brass ones, all of them.


9 posted on 09/09/2010 10:36:31 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Swede Girl

Let’s build a mosque in his memory just blocks from where he died and call it reconciliation.....

What do you think of that idea?

What? How can you be so intolerant?

You bigot, racist, islamophobe.....what else can I call you....

There is no word to call a parent who has lost their child.

Oh. I’ll just find a new insult to use.

I’m sure you will...


10 posted on 09/09/2010 10:36:33 PM PDT by panzerkamphwageneinz (HALLELUJAH)
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To: lbryce

My son (11) came home from school today and told me his substitute teacher was reviewing a list of heroes in his social sciences unit and among the names was Oboobma. I asked if he knew what the list was based upon. He wasn’t sure. I looked him in the eye and told him the definition of a hero could be found in the first responders who raced INTO those towers and that cockpit above PA 9 years ago.

At least I know one item I’ll be reviewing in my first parent/teacher conference.

“Let’s Roll”


11 posted on 09/09/2010 10:38:59 PM PDT by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / "...it is their duty, to throw off such government...")
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To: lbryce

These men understood the risk they were taking. True heroes.

God bless them, everyone of them.


12 posted on 09/09/2010 10:44:07 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: HollyB

This is sad beyond words...

WE WILL NEVER FORGET


13 posted on 09/09/2010 10:47:01 PM PDT by 444Flyer (We are the end of the line.)
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To: lbryce

NY Firemen are heros each and every day.

They fight fires with crazy/brave interior attack methods. They go INTO burning buildings and apply water, rather than hosing down from the outside.

Some days, they get murdered by muslims.


14 posted on 09/09/2010 10:54:01 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: lbryce

I have to wonder sometimes if we are worthy of men like this! I also recall that several days after the attack a photo appeared in one or more of the local NY papers that showed an FDNY truck, lights flashing, responding across the Brooklyn Bridge to the towers. The entire crew on that truck was killed when the towers collapsed and the truck was destroyed by falling debris. The image of that truck and knowing what happened to those men left me awe struck at their bravery.


15 posted on 09/09/2010 10:55:12 PM PDT by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: lbryce


16 posted on 09/09/2010 10:59:16 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: lbryce

Will America Fight or be Tolerant? Look at the Picture America, Look at it.


17 posted on 09/09/2010 10:59:33 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: FlyVet
I’ve always wondered how many of them knew in their gut “This is it”...

Every time I read these stories I think of this guy...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Rescorla

Security for Morgan Stanley who ignored advise of the building officials who told them to stay put. He had them singing "God Bless America" as he evacuated them. He saved almost 3,000 lives...but not his own.

He was an amazing man with a great story.

18 posted on 09/09/2010 11:00:14 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: pnh102; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ..
These brave firefighters saved so many people on that awful day. May they all have a special place with the LORD for making the ultimate sacrifice in the face of great evil.

Amen, pnh102.

19 posted on 09/09/2010 11:04:23 PM PDT by nutmeg (I can't wait 'til November...)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

The History Channel had a show about him that we watched this evening. I believe they referred to him as the man who predicted 9/11.

I made sure to have a box of tissues nearby...was glad I did.

Very brave. RIP.


20 posted on 09/09/2010 11:07:27 PM PDT by azishot (I can see November from my house!)
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To: FlyVet

Truer words were never spoken. From your lips to God’s ears. May they rest in peace.


21 posted on 09/09/2010 11:09:42 PM PDT by rickb308 (I love watching libruls heads explode as they see their karma run over their dogma.)
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To: I still care

“These men understood the risk they were taking.”

The thing people don’t consider is that those men, the first responders of the PD’s and FD’s across the country face the potential of that risk every single day they go to work. Their wives never know in kissing them goodbye if it’ll be the last time.

In the case of 9/11, what has been especially difficult for families has been (in too many cases) there was no body found, no way to say the goodbye we are used to at funerals and wakes. I don’t know that there’s ever ‘closure’ with a body to bury, but there is absolutely none without.

It all still rips out my heart these nine years out.


22 posted on 09/09/2010 11:12:50 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: lbryce

what a heartache


23 posted on 09/09/2010 11:13:28 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: historyrepeatz
Predictions:

  1. That mosque will not be approved

  2. If approved, that mosque will not be built.

  3. If built, that mosque will never stand


24 posted on 09/09/2010 11:33:27 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: lbryce

“The Web site, called Make History Happen, was launched around Sept. 11 of this year as a way to collect images related to the World Trade Center.”

Eh? “Sept. 11 of this year” hasn’t HAPPENED yet...!


25 posted on 09/10/2010 12:02:15 AM PDT by Pravious
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To: lbryce

One of my friends lost his brother (a firefighter) at the Trade Center. He spent about a year assisting in the clean up and hoping to find his remains. As retired firefighter and a gold miner, he had a knack for finding remains that others overlooked. He ended up with cancer of the throat from the exposure.

Saturday, on the edge of the wilderness where he lives, my friend and his wife will hold a small ceremony at the flag pole in front of the local firehouse. May every American fly a flag on that day in remembrance of those lost.


26 posted on 09/10/2010 12:04:16 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: lbryce

I often take the red line that runs nearly underneath Ground Zero. The subway cars still screech and vibrate intensely as they maneuver past the zone where thousands were murdered, and where so many heroes died. The pass never fails to invoke emotions that I prefer not to describe.

My heart goes out to Mr Box.


27 posted on 09/10/2010 12:33:29 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: lbryce
"It's like looking at a walking dead man. You know what happened to him within 45 minutes," he said.

I see courage and conviction in that face.

He was more than a dead man walking.

He was a hero charging into hell for others.

28 posted on 09/10/2010 1:12:05 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: lbryce

Should have been Ron Paul’s last picture.

Sad that an American died instead.


29 posted on 09/10/2010 1:57:06 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Communities regularly fight the construction projects, Walmarts Starbucks and even tree removal.)
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To: EDINVA
I remember hearing of one of the children of the 9-11 victims, who was four at the time:

"When Daddy finishes dying, he's going to come home and see us."

Further words on this would get me banned.

30 posted on 09/10/2010 2:00:01 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: lbryce

Oh, that poor man, but I have this feeling that his son wanted him to see this, that the good Lord led him so the father could have that connection with his son again. I’m very touched. Excuse me while I dry my eyes.


31 posted on 09/10/2010 2:54:30 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: exit82

If you’re going to be there saturday, say hello.


32 posted on 09/10/2010 2:58:11 AM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: FlyVet

“...I’ve always wondered how many of them knew in their gut “This is it”, but charged up the stairwells anyway. Big brass ones, all of them...”

One of the surviving fireman tells of arriving on the scene. One fireman says “We might not make it out today”. They shook hands all around, wished each other good luck, then went into the towers...


33 posted on 09/10/2010 3:54:42 AM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: lbryce

Hey, here’s a thought - the Moslems murdered three thousand human beings before razing the WTC; let’s build a mosque on the spot...


34 posted on 09/10/2010 4:13:23 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: All
Real Heroes...everyone of them.....


35 posted on 09/10/2010 4:26:00 AM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: RaceBannon

Thanks, friend.

I’ll be in DC this weekend for Sunday’s rally and march.

But would you do me a favor?

Remember my friend, Richard Bruce Van Hine, Truck 41, NYFD.

Just finished his shift when the call came in on 9/11/01.

He never made it home to his wife and two daughters.

Instead, he put on his gear, jumped on the truck and went into eternal life with his Lord when the Towers fell.

They didn’t find him until they removed that huge ramp leading into the excavated area a few years later. He was under there the whole time.

I also knew 2 wonderful people on Flight 83, Don and Jeanne Peterson. They also met their Lord that day. All that was found of them was Don’s well marked Bible, which was returned to his son. This was the Bible he used in counseling many alcoholic and drug addicted men at America’s Keswick in NJ.

I can barely type this, Race, so you remember them there for me,OK?


36 posted on 09/10/2010 4:54:58 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: 444Flyer

Heart breaking 444.


37 posted on 09/10/2010 5:44:23 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: exit82

I got your back!

:(


38 posted on 09/10/2010 5:47:40 AM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: exit82

He will. He will look later on and be proud. He’ll remember the good times as his son became a man. He’ll be very, very proud of his hero.


39 posted on 09/10/2010 5:55:27 AM PDT by Jemian (If guns kill people, then spoons make Michael Moore fat.)
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To: nutmeg
Amen.
40 posted on 09/10/2010 5:57:42 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: lbryce

Too many run from their fate, but a hero runs to meet it.


41 posted on 09/10/2010 6:14:14 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: exit82; RaceBannon; chadwimc; Thorliveshere; TheThinker; Jim Robinson
Surely, God has blessed America with very special brands of Heroes,
In War and in peace.
Men who count the cost, and then pay the price anyway.

The thinker said it all for this thread

I see courage and conviction in that face.

He was more than a dead man walking.

He was a hero charging into hell for others.

Thank you father for the Heroes here at FreeRepublic, who give their
Time (the most valuable cost you ain't getting no more).
Talent (a gift received from God)
Treasure (easily replaced you can always get more).

As we stand a prayerful watch on the American home front.
In regards to the mosque to the moongod,
not our will but thy will be done.
This is the devils world and all you ask of us is to take a stand on your side of the line. amen

42 posted on 09/10/2010 6:55:59 AM PDT by jokar (The Church age is the only age man will be able to glorify Christ, http://www.basictraining.org/)
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To: txhurl; LUV W; MEG33; basil; ValerieTexas; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Ping to a sad thread.


43 posted on 09/10/2010 7:02:28 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: nutmeg

I know in my heart Mr Box is so proud of his son.
I think God gave him a glimpse of his son,for a reason.
I know that the Heavenly Father hold all the people in his hands from 9/11.

[Mrs]T


44 posted on 09/10/2010 7:16:29 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: lbryce

Heartbreakingly sad


45 posted on 09/10/2010 7:24:29 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: NoLibZone
Should have been Ron Paul’s last picture.

You're an incredible jerk.

46 posted on 09/10/2010 7:29:05 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

He was an amazing man with a great story.

... amen, a hero with at least three great stories. If you haven’t read both Heart of a Soldier and We Were Soldiers Once and Young as Rick’s story is told in both...

ymmv


47 posted on 09/10/2010 8:30:56 AM PDT by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe)
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To: azishot; Tex-Con-Man; ALOHA RONNIE
Rick Rescorla was a survivor of the first battle involving the US Army Air Cavalry, in Vietnam. This was the battle of LZ X-Ray, as depicted in the book and movie, We Were Soldiers (Once, and Young)
48 posted on 09/10/2010 9:49:42 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Lurker

Like Ron Paul, your a traitor.

Go back to KOS.


49 posted on 09/10/2010 12:29:48 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Communities regularly fight the construction projects, Walmarts Starbucks and even tree removal.)
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To: lbryce

I got chills, and now I kind of want to throw up. :(


50 posted on 09/10/2010 1:36:00 PM PDT by DreamingWest
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