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"Death is nothing at all" and misc. quotes from fire and rescue workers...some that didn't return
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Posted on 01/07/2002 6:31:18 PM PST by Sir Gawain

Death is
nothing at all.

      I have only slipped away into
the next room.
      I am I, and you are you,
      Whatever we were to each other,
that we are still.

      Call me by the old familiar name.
      Speak of me in the easy way
which you always used.
      Put no difference into your tone.
      Wear no forced air of solemnity
or sorrow.
      Laugh as we always laughed
      At the little jokes that we
enjoyed together.

      Play, smile, think of me,
pray for me.

      Let my name be ever the
household word that it always was.
      Let it be spoken without an effort,
      Without the ghost of a
shadow upon it.

      Life means all that it ever meant.
      It is the same as it ever was.
      There is abslolute and
unbroken continuity.

      What is this death but a
negligible accident?
      Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
      I am but waiting for you,
for an interval,
      Somewhere very near,
      Just round the corner.

      All is well.

                       -Henry Scott Holland

"It's my calling."

--CAPT. TIMOTHY STACKPOLE, Division 11, Brooklyn. Severely burned and near death after a 1998 fire, he insisted on returning to full-time duty. Perished in the Twin Tower collapse. New York Post

"Every fire is scary. That's the way it is. You're a damned liar if you say you're not scared."

--LINCOLN QUAPPE, Rescue 2, Brooklyn. Perished. New York Times Magazine

"We'll see things today we shouldn't have to see, but listen up, we'll do it together. We'll be together and we'll all come back together."

--ANONYMOUS FIRE LIEUTENANT. New York Times

"Guys, be very careful, because firemen are going to die today."

--CAPT. DANIEL BRETHEL, Ladder 24, Manhatten. Perished. New York Times

"I saw a piece of metal the size of a football field coming at us..."

--RICHIE MURRAY, Engine 205, Brooklyn. Men's Journal

"We were greeted by a frantic mass of people, covered in gray soot, fleeing the city. Many of them reached out to touch our coats, and a woman said, 'God bless you and may He watch over you.'"

--DANIEL BIVONA, Ladder 84, Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

"I was praying to die fast."

--RICH PICCIOTTO, Commander, Battalion 11, Manhatten. Survived collapse of North Tower. Times Herald-Mirror, Middletown, N.Y.

"Sometimes in this job, good-bye is really good-bye."

--RAY DOWNEY, FDNY Chief. Missing. New York Post

"Anyone who had any hand in this should go straight to hell."

--JIMMY CANHAM, Battalion 31, Brooklyn. Albany Times Union

"Most guys want to be here. If they can find one person--cop, civilian, it doesn't matter--it's worth it."

--ANONYMOUS FIRE MARSHAL, Manhatten Base. U.S. News and World Report

"I said to myself, Oh my God, they're all in there. All the firefighters are in there. This can't be happening."

--ROBERT CHYRIWSKI, Engine 3, Manhatten. Men's Journal

"They killed all my friends, guys who I grew up with. We were all kids together."

--LT. BRIAN GILLEN, Ladder 34, Manhatten. Philadelphia Inquirer

"I know I will probably relive this every day of my life."

--BILL SPADE, Rescue 5, Staten Island. Saten Island Advance

"I said 'Thank you' to the volunteers. 'Thank you' to the skilled ironworkers and wreckers. 'Thank you' for all the firm handshakes and the much-needed hugs."

--DANIEL BIVONA, Ladder 84, Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

"In the first one hundred years we filled a wall with the names of fallen firefighters. On the eleventh of September we created a new wall."

--KERRY KELLY, Chief Medical Officer, FDNY. Opening Statement to U.S. Senate


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1 posted on 01/07/2002 6:31:18 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Victoria Delsoul; sabertooth; snow bunny
ping
2 posted on 01/07/2002 6:31:51 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: sirgawain
Beyond touching ... heart wrenching.
3 posted on 01/07/2002 6:37:27 PM PST by 2Trievers
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To: sirgawain
Thanks gawain. We need to be moved and angry over and over again. It's crucial to remember who and what we're fighting for.

No forgetting.


4 posted on 01/07/2002 6:42:39 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: sirgawain; Victoria Delsoul; 2Trievers; CheneyChick; vikingchick; Victoria Delsoul; WIMom...
(((ping))))


5 posted on 01/07/2002 6:43:53 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: sirgawain; Sabertooth
Oh my, I didn't want to cry!


6 posted on 01/07/2002 7:07:06 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
It's what I was talking about reading earlier.
7 posted on 01/07/2002 7:08:36 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: sirgawain
Yes.
8 posted on 01/07/2002 7:12:37 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: sirgawain,sabertooth

How do you explain the beauty and complexity of Western civilization to brutal savages?

9 posted on 01/07/2002 7:18:10 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: sirgawain; Sabertooth
A beautiful post.

Thanks for the ping, Sabertooth.

10 posted on 01/07/2002 7:19:40 PM PST by Calpublican
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To: sirgawain
While I would not dream of using arguments to diminish the horror of the September 11 attack for thousands of people, I would also suggest that the people who died in the attack did not suffer more terrible deaths than animals in slaughterhouses suffer every day. Moreover, the survivors of the September 11 attack and their loved ones have an array of consolations--patriotism, the satisfaction of U.S. retaliation, religious faith, TV ads calling them heroes, etc--that the chickens, whose lives are continuously painful and miserable, including being condemned to live in human-imposed circumstances that are inimical and alien to them as chickens, do not have available. They suffer raw, without the palliatives. Doubtless the majority, if not every single one, of the people who suffered and/or died as a result of the September 11 attack ate, and if they are now alive continue to eat, chickens. . . .

In conclusion, I think it is speciesist to think that the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center was a greater tragedy than what millions of chickens endured that day and what they endure every day because they cannot defend themselves against the concerted human appetites arrayed against them.

-- Karen Davis, PhD President United Poultry Concerns,
http://www.upc-online.org/011226vegan_voice_singer.html


11 posted on 01/07/2002 7:21:31 PM PST by John Farson
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To: sirgawain
Never forget the heros of that terrible day. Never forgive the savages who caused it.
12 posted on 01/07/2002 7:22:52 PM PST by vladog
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the heads up to this beautiful tribute to heroes!
13 posted on 01/07/2002 7:42:59 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: John Farson
Wow. This is legit, right? I think I'll send it to a couple of my vegan friends. They'll probably agree with it, but you never know, it might wake them up a bit.
14 posted on 01/07/2002 7:58:33 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: John Farson
More from the chicken chick:

In conclusion, I think it is speciesist to think that the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center was a greater tragedy than what millions of chickens endured that day and what they endure every day because they cannot defend themselves against the concerted human appetites arrayed against them. Perhaps the word "tragedy" should not be used anyway in this context unless in the more precise sense of a fundamentally terrible thing happening to a human being who consciously or subconsciously brought the terrible thing upon him or herself, lived through it, and gained insight and wisdom as a result. In this classical sense of tragic drama, it remains to be seen whether America is a "tragic hero" or even a "tragic" victim. If, though, the question is whether the World Trade Center attack was worse for its thousands of human victims than the sum total of misery and terror was for millions of chicken victims that day, I see only one nonspeciesist answer to the question.

Sincerely, Karen Davis, PhD President United Poultry Concerns 26 December 2001

15 posted on 01/07/2002 8:01:15 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Yes, it is real. I wonder how these people develop such a warped perspective.
16 posted on 01/07/2002 8:01:22 PM PST by John Farson
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To: sirgawain
Great stuff
17 posted on 01/07/2002 8:01:54 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: sirgawain
"Anyone who had any hand in this should go straight to hell."
--JIMMY CANHAM, Battalion 31, Brooklyn

They will Jimmy, they will.

18 posted on 01/07/2002 9:39:30 PM PST by cantbebought
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
We just cannot EVER forget this. EVER. Honest to goodness, sometimes I still cannot believe my own eyes.
19 posted on 01/07/2002 9:43:15 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Travis McGee
How do you explain the beauty and complexity of Western civilization to brutal savages?

The sadness is, one can't. Nor can one explain it to some folks on this forum, as you know...

20 posted on 01/07/2002 9:48:24 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: sirgawain; Sabertooth; Snow Bunny; Alamo-Girl; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; Fred Mertz; onyx...
"Death is nothing at all" and
misc. quotes from fire and rescue
workers...some that didn't return

You know, my Dad is retired Air Force. He served 27 years, almost all of that was in "Crash Control" on the flight line. That means that they were protecting the planes when they were coming in. If one was in distress, they rolled the trucks out "just in case." He was lucky they never had a major disaster on his watch - the planes always landed safely or with minimal problems. Funny how something like September 11th changes your outlook of things. I guess I never really thought about how dangerous that work really was. . .
Thanks for the post, Sirgawain. . .and for the ping, ST!


(((PING))))))
Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my ping list!. . .don't be shy.
21 posted on 01/07/2002 10:47:30 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Howlin
We just cannot EVER forget this. EVER. Honest to goodness, sometimes I still cannot believe my own eyes.
It's amazing, isn't it? I read one post a while back about that FReeper's perspective that in a day or two the shock wore off. My experience was it took a week or more, and still when I see that pile of debris I can't believe it. I heard that they now estimate it will take until June to get all the rubble cleared out. NINE MONTHS of hauling away the debris from the damage caused. The helicopter pictures of the scene a day or two or three afterwards is incredible - beyond anyones capacity to write about it. IMHO, this truly is a case of a picture being worth a thousand words (or perhaps more, in this case). . .
22 posted on 01/07/2002 11:04:26 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: jla
Ping!
23 posted on 01/08/2002 4:32:51 AM PST by Happygal
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To: sirgawain;Sabertooth;Victoria Delsoul;All

Tribute

Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives;
all those who sacrificed their lives;
And to all the Heroes that responded to the emergency 11 September 2001

24 posted on 01/08/2002 5:01:01 AM PST by SusanUSA
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Enya-Only Time

Who can say
Where the road goes,
Where the day flows?
Only time
And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose?
Only time
Who can say why your heart sighs
As your love flies?
Only time
And who can say
Why your heart cries when your love lies?
Only time
Who can say
When the roads meet
That love might be
In your heart?
And who can say
When the day sleeps
If the night keeps
All your heart?

Night keeps all your heart

Who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose?
Only time
And who can say where the road goes,
Where the day flows?
Only time

Who knows? Only time
Who knows? Only time


25 posted on 01/08/2002 5:01:51 AM PST by SusanUSA
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To: MeeknMing
Thank you and a return ping to #'s 24 and 25.
26 posted on 01/08/2002 5:04:15 AM PST by SusanUSA
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To: Sabertooth
Remembering.

Stay well - stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown

27 posted on 01/08/2002 5:25:35 AM PST by harpseal
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To: susangirl
Thank you and a return ping to #'s 24 and 25.
Beautiful - thanks!



28 posted on 01/08/2002 7:08:44 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Victoria Delsoul
The picture you posted moves my soul. To me it is the embodiment of standing tall proud defiant courage and overwhelming love for mankind.
29 posted on 01/08/2002 7:14:02 AM PST by harpo11
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To: sirgawain

PENTAGON--SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

WE WILL NEVER FORGET


30 posted on 01/08/2002 7:18:45 AM PST by harpo11
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To: sirgawain
Thank you for posting your beautiful post. I know that for many as the days move into months away from the horrific September 11, 2001 murder of innocent men, women and children it is easy to lose sight of the images of that gruesome violent day. The mainstream media has worked very hard in erasing these images from our view so as to not inflame the passions of the American people. So hard in fact that we have been protected from the stark brutality of this heinous cowardly terrorist act upon a freedom loving people.

It is however, IMHO more important to remember with clarity and purpose September 11 so as to harden our determination and resolve to see that terrorist scum are removed from this earth and shoved into the deepest bowels of hell.

31 posted on 01/08/2002 7:31:11 AM PST by harpo11
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To: Travis McGee
It won't do it all, but that photo (now my wallpaper at work) is a good start.
32 posted on 01/08/2002 7:42:16 AM PST by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: MeeknMing;sirgawain;sabertooth; victoria delsoul;ALL
LOL! Btw, You're supposed to click on the picture in reply #24. It's not just an illustration...

#25 is the words to the song they used.

33 posted on 01/08/2002 8:40:28 AM PST by SusanUSA
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To: sirgawain
"In our department, no one is invincible; at all ranks we contribute, and at all ranks we're vulnerable."

--Peter J. Ganci, Chief of Department, FDNY, at a 1999 memorial service. Perished 9/11/01.

34 posted on 01/08/2002 8:56:53 AM PST by RichInOC
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To: susangirl
You're supposed to click on the picture in reply #24. It's not just an illustration...
Oh! So you do. Yes, that is my favorite "collage" of the WTC/Pentagon/Pa Attack. When you see the pictures of some of the actual folks that were killed, it's NOT just 3,300 (a number) - it's REAL people that had family and friends. . .
Thanks!
35 posted on 01/08/2002 9:03:12 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks for the heads up! And thanks for the story about your dad!!!
36 posted on 01/08/2002 9:14:02 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Celtjew Libertarian
That NYC skyline photo really is incredible.
37 posted on 01/08/2002 10:38:48 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: harpo11
Thank you.

To me it is the embodiment of standing tall proud defiant courage and overwhelming love for mankind.

Well said.

38 posted on 01/08/2002 10:44:46 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: susangirl
Thank you, Susan. Very nice post.
39 posted on 01/08/2002 10:46:35 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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bttt


40 posted on 09/12/2007 6:22:17 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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