We all know what happened 14yrs ago. Over 3k people died in a terrorist attack plotted and peformed by cowards in the name of nationalism and religion. The same things that start most wars. We all know what happened afterwards..however,it is the personal stories that tell the truth of 9/11 and Americans response.
NYPD officer J.Leahy responded to "all-hands' call at WTC shortly after first tower hit. He was on foot,and was offered a bicycle by a bike messenger who heard His radio call. He took the bicycle,and arrived in time to be below the second tower when the second plane hit. He avoided that debris,and immediately mounted the indoor plaza,to direct survivors/escapee's outdoors. Upon first tower falling,He took refuge in the indoor plaza,and then continued to direct people to safety,including helping a partially disabled person make it outside,down the stairs. Upon turning,returning to the indoors,The officer was struck by a body,having jumped from the burning floors above,killing both instantly. This was witnessed by victims who survived,though only the officers badge,duty belt and accoutrement,as well as bone fragments were found.
NYPD officer J.Leahy was a cousin of mine and deserving,as are the rest of the victims,of honor and dignity on this day. Raise a toast,say a prayer,flip the bird in Osama's general direction.
RIP NYPD Officer J.Leahy. You did good Son,DAMN Good