David Brooks op-ed, "the Art of Presence" spoke to me. After the death of my son on 9/11 and the loss of a niece and nephew in other tragedies, I can associate with Catherine Woodiwiss' personal story. She eloquently articulates what so many families experience when they suffer a traumatic loss, whether they lost a loved one on 9/11, in a school natural disaster or a tragedy.
George Martin returned to Giant Stadium for the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 6th. This time he wasn’t suiting up for the Giants; he was expressing his support for the 9/11 Responders. In 2008, Martin walked more than 3,200 miles across the United States to benefit “thousands of the true heroes of 9/11,” seriously ill rescue and recovery workers.
It is not every day that you get a chance to hear from a top gun pilot who led investigations into the attack on the Pentagon and the Challenger disaster, and who was also the Superintendent of Schools in a school district that has been touched by tragic shootings – but that is exactly what we experienced at our recent symposium at Rutgers. John Barry …
The news recently reported that over 100 New York City first responders are expected to be arrested for millions of dollars in disability fraud for faking illnesses related to the 2001 terrorist attacks is disheartening to say the least. First responders are at increased risk for kidney damage and cancers as a result of their exposure to toxins during the recovery effort.
At our recent gala, Building Bridges award recipient, Ray Kelly told the audience that “with good police work and a little bit of luck, we were able to stop 16 planned terrorist attacks since 9/11/01.” I think that I was not alone in the audience in thinking, “oh my, was it that many?” It reminds us that we only learn about a small percentage of the operations of the police department.