Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11, 2006
In Honor of
Christopher J Blackwell

September 11, 2001

On that fateful morning, an alarm was received at the quarters of Rescue Company 3 in the Bronx.

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Eight men boarded the apparatus.

They never returned.

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Christopher Blackwell was a truly remarkable human being. He lived each and every day to its fullest. His life touched so many people. He was a true humanitarian who gave of himself selflessly. Chris was a hero. Though, he would never admit it. He was just doing his job. A job that he had been doing for twenty years. A job where he tried to make a difference, no matter how small. Chris lived and died a hero.

Chris left behind his wife, Jane, and three beautiful children, Alexandra, Ryan and Samantha.

Today, I would like to honor Chris, and the other seven men of Rescue 3, Tom Foley, Don Regan, Ray Meisenheimer, Gerry Shrang, Joe Spor, Brian Hickey and Tom Gambino. Remember not only how they died, but how they lived.

To all the brave firefighters of the FDNY, past and present, especially mine: You are my hero. You are the wind beneath my wings.

We Will Never Forget


jeanne_bean said...

Chris is/was my BIL's brother. He is a true hero, as are all those who perished that day.

Brenda said...

I am speechless. I, too, participated in the 2996 project and was also honored to pay tribute to Christopher Blackwell. But mine doesn't compare to yours.

I am deeply moved by your words and truly sorry for the loss of such a generous life. His family will remain in my prayers long after this anniversary has passed.