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So Many Heroes.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | September 11, 2011

No. 711

Watching the ceremonies this weekend brought it all back clearly.  In response to the unspeakable horrors of 9/11, there were so many acts of heroism that they can never be counted.

The 343 New York Firefighters who died on 9/11were only some of the heroes of that day.

The idea of standing in harm’s way to help others to safety, while the World Trade Center literally falls on you, is a chilling one.  Yet hundreds saw it as their duty.  And not all of them were uniformed police and fire fighters.

A week or two after 9/11/01 I read a short piece in the Investor’s Business Daily about a young lawyer (I’ve lost the article and thus his name) who was working as a doorman in the World Trade Center.  He had come to New York from somewhere in central Africa and had received a law degree.  He hadn’t landed a job as a lawyer yet, so he did the work he could get. People who had escaped from the inferno remember him helping and guiding others to the door, but staying behind to help still others.  He could have run for his life, but he felt the call of duty — even as a doorman.

On top of all of the tragedies experienced by victims and their families, was the truth that so many people with the strength to do great service to our Country and the World perished that day with unfulfilled missions.  And so, it is to us, the living, that the completion of their destiny must fall.

Ten years have passed, but it is never too late.  Let’s roll.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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