Skip to comments.Final Picture of WTC Hero:Dad Finds Tragic Son in New Web Archive
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.
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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.
gave me chills.... prayers for his family and their endless heartache :-(
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.
Just one of 3,000 reasons that mosque cannot be built by Ground Zero.
And knowing that a Mosque will be built close to where he died makes me SICK.
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.
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.
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...
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.
These men understood the risk they were taking. True heroes.
God bless them, everyone of them.
This is sad beyond words...
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
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.
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.
Will America Fight or be Tolerant? Look at the Picture America, Look at it.
Every time I read these stories I think of this guy...
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.
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.
Truer words were never spoken. From your lips to God’s ears. May they rest in peace.
“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.
what a heartache
“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...!
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.
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.
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.
Should have been Ron Paul’s last picture.
Sad that an American died instead.
"When Daddy finishes dying, he's going to come home and see us."
Further words on this would get me banned.
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.
If you’re going to be there saturday, say hello.
“...Ive 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...
Hey, here’s a thought - the Moslems murdered three thousand human beings before razing the WTC; let’s build a mosque on the spot...
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?
Heart breaking 444.
I got your back!
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.
Too many run from their fate, but a hero runs to meet it.
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
Ping to a sad thread.
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.
You're an incredible jerk.
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...
Like Ron Paul, your a traitor.
Go back to KOS.
I got chills, and now I kind of want to throw up. :(