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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:04 AM

Letter to me from a 9/11 first responder, dated Oct. 4, 2001.

That person is my son, who (unbeknownst to me at the time) was a first responder on 9/11).

He was writing to thank me for my cash contribution to his work as a volunteer at a relief supply station handling the overwhelming amount of contributions of supply needs from all over the country to help the rescue workers.

His work involved unloading the trucks, separating those supplies needed at Ground Zero from those which were not but could be used elsewhere.

Among those he listed: respirators, boots, hard hats, clothes, food, water, medicine, tools.

finding out where these supplies could best be used;

shipping those items directly to homeless shelters and other appropriate charities;

relocating "our original location into the official supply depot in Pier 40."

distributing needed provisions to the vehicles entering the disaster zone, and to the exhausted workers leaving the zone ("usually bottled water, Gatorade, and and first aid material -- we also cheer them on endlessly." )

He emphasized that all were volunteers, one woman coming all the way from California to help out, another had driven from Montana to do what she could.

He enclosed photos (which I cannot find but did save).

He mentioned a visit from the "Mayor's office for the first time" briefly. He didn't say Giuliani himself was there but those who were "expressed gratitude for filling a void they themselves were unable to entirely meet until recently."

My son was too circumspect to say outright that the Mayor's response was lame. He did not mention any visit by Trump (he probably wouldn't have recognized him anyway).

He took time out of his schedule as a student at Brooklyn Law School to do this. His work today with the Brooklyn DA's office still involves seeking justice, but that is for another post of mine blasting deBlasio.





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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:25 AM

1. You raised him right

Kudo's to you and your son.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:32 AM

2. Thank you.

His little boy looks just like him when he was that age! It's amazing.

I can't wait to tell him what a hero is daddy is...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 01:27 PM

3. You should be justifiably proud!❤

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:12 PM

4. Recommended.

Thank you for sharing this with us today. Much appreciated.

I like your son.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:16 PM

5. You'd love to talk with him. But I would have to warn you: he's a diehard Mets fan.

He plays rhythm guitar with a group that meets downtown on weekends to jam (his wife sings and she's great).

Yeah, he's the best!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:19 PM

6. Three of my nephews

are huge Mets fans. They used to get me Mets t-shirts, which I gladly wore. Second only to the Yankees, in my book! (grin)

You've done well!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:20 PM

7. Those Mets fans! I don't care for baseball but I do respect loyalty to the team.

It's kinda fun!

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 05:20 PM

8. As a fellow responder, please give him my best wishes. and thanks!

Especially, I wish him good health.

I worked in the Lower Manhattan “hot zone” a month after the incident. Was there for three weeks.

Please tell him to stay strong and healthy. And encourage him to take full advantage of the responder health programs in place. And to seek help (medical, psychological, financial) as need be.

He is not alone here.

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Response to Fritz Walter (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 05:34 PM

9. Thanks. I think since he was driving a truck with bags of ice to the responders who said that

was what they needed, he avoided a lot of the toxic fumes. I will have to ask him.

I hope you are OK.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 05:02 AM

10. A son to be very proud of

you did a good job as a parent.

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Response to Raine (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 12:06 PM

11. He was in his formative years during the Vietnam War era and I was scared to death he would

get sucked into it. He was little but I thought it absolutely necessary to get out and march against that war. I got involved in lots more protests, including for women's rights, and so he saw this idea of justice being fought for in real time. There was lots going on politically when he was growing up...

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