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