Skip to comments.NYFD Battalion Chief John Moran (Freeper BCM) Perishes In World Trade Center
Posted on 10/04/2001 1:22:45 PM PDT by AppyPappy
The bone-chilling wail of bagpipe playing "Amazing Grace" echoed through a Queens church yesterday as yet another fallen firefighter from the World Trade Center tragedy was memorialized in death.
It was yet another day of many more to come for Masses and memorial services for both heroic rescue workers and innocent civilians lost in the flames and collapsing towers.
At the memorial Mass for 49th Battalion Chief John Moran, his younger brother, Firefighter Michael Moran of Ladder 3, recalled how he spoke to his brother by cell phone after the second plane crashed into the Trade Center.
"I told him to be careful," the younger Moran told mourners, including his brother's wife, Kim, and two sons, Ryan, 7, and Dylan, 4. "I didn't see him there that day, but now I see him all the time."
The memorial Mass at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor, Queens, was conducted by the fallen firefighter's uncle, Father Paul Moran, who called his 42-year-old nephew's last assignment a "mission of love, to save life, not destroy it."
Mayor Giuliani called for a standing ovation for the 20-year fire veteran, who held a law degree from Fordham University and was injured in the Father's Day explosion at an Astoria hardware store that killed three firefighters.
The mayor said while Moran's two young sons may not fully comprehend all that's happened, "The thing I want them to understand for their entire life is that their father is a great man."
I found these:
This was the best time I've ever had in the pouring rain! I was shouting so hard that I can hardly speak today. While the chants were great and certainly got people's attention, I personally loved it when we sang "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America." I think that really stopped people in their tracks (and completely confounded the liberals).
32 Posted on 11/27/2000 15:45:04 PST by BCM
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After the Bush victory:
My fellow Freepers, who sustained me through all the insanity.
24 Posted on 11/27/2000 19:20:44 PST by BCM
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BTW I found this one as well:
God bless you, you will be missed.
4 Posted on 01/03/2000 22:37:18 PST by BCM
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Going back to watch the last half now.
Never forget what John Moran did for our country. I am so proud of him. :-)
BCM is a true American hero.
Yes, so am I, God rest his soul.
"BCM is a true American hero."
That, he is. I got goosebumps watching that show, as well as a little teary eyed.
I enjoyed the show, though. ;o)
I did not know one of our FReepers died during the attacks.
Unfortunate but he died a hero doing his job.
Barbara Olsen was also a freeper.
This is a great book about an amazing place: Rockaway Beach, the unofficial capital of firefighting New York. Generations of NYC firefighters have made their homes here in this sliver of a neighborhood by the beach in the shadows of the city's skyline.
Remember the guy who told Osama bin Laden to kiss his royal Irish a$$? He's from Rockaway ... and John Moran's brother. George Johnson, one of the firefighters who raised the flag at Ground Zero in that famous picture...he's from Rockaway. One of the first firefighters killed on 9/11...Rockaway again.
Here's a great book! It'll tear your heart out but it will make you laugh like hell too. Filled with colorful stories and great characters. Outstanding!
I've been out of Rockaway for a couple of years now, but this book put me right back on the boardwalk!
Rest In Peace Battalion Chief Moran.
9-11 Freeper Memorial Bump!
I've thought about BCM on and off all day.
Merry Christmas, John. We haven't forgotten you.
The Man in the Arena
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
We have not forgotten!
No, we have NOT forgotten...
Great idea to bump this thread on St. Patricks Day.
Was he the one that said kiss my irish ass?
That is indeed him...
Both. Almost four years later...both.
And we continue not forgetting.
We have killed one of the main Taliban commanders this weekend...we will avenge you..it may take us some time....but Bin Laden will die.
Still thinking of you on this day, BCM.
God bless you and yours BCM. The fight goes on, both within and without.
City Councilman Joe Addabbo, hosted a renaming ceremony in the memory of FDNY Chief John Moran, who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A portion of the Boardwalk at Beach 118 Street was re-named Chief John Moran Way in honor of the slain chief. Pictured, Addabbo presents a copy of the new street sign to Morans mother, Margaret Moran.
Morans wife, Kim, stifles a cry as the sign is revealed. Her two sons, Ryan and Dylan are with her.
Morans brother, Firefighter Mike Moran, made national news when, on national television, he told Osama binLaden to kiss my royal Irish ass.
Morans sister, Ellen talked about her brother and how much he loved Rockaway and Beach 118 Street. He was brought up here and he chose to bring his kids up here as well, she said.
Neighbors look at pictures of Morans life posted in front of his Beach 118 Street home.
The new street signs designating the street as Chief John Moran Way.
Firefighters from Ladder 137/Engine 238 present the colors.
Ryan Moran, the slain chiefs older son, looks up as he raised the American Flag to half-staff over Beach 118 Street and the Boardwalk.
God bless you BCM. God Bless America.
Seven years later, and there are some suggesting that we need “to get over it.”
I, for one, will never “get over it.” I will always remember this day.
God Bless you, Chief Moran. And God Bless all your fellow fire fighters and police officers - those men and women that go running in while we go running out.
We miss you.
You are not forgotten!! I hope God is holding you in as high esteem as we are here.
I remember visiting the Pentagon early in the reconstruction after 9/11. There was a small tree planted across from the damaged part of the Pentagon, and a make-shift memorial/shrine had been set up there. I recall seeing something for BCM, and something for Barbara Olsen. I figure some Freeper had put those there. BCM, as well as the rest of those people, will never be forgotten.
GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND EVERY ONE WHO FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM.
Another change I noticed is that they have dropped the "firefighter" PC nonsense and started calling them firemen again.
The part I like best is when they start leaving in bunches and go back to being their usual cheerful, jokey selves again. They are beautiful.
You’ll never be forgotten, chief.
I remember his posts — pre 911 obviously
Woke up thinking of BCM and other first responders who gave their lives 8 years ago today. My prayers are with them and their families.