Thank God, he never had to respond to anything as horrific as 9-11, but in his 33-1/2 years in the Houston Fire Department, The Man responded to thousands of calls, without hesitation, and I can’t let this day go by without giving honor to whom honor is due.
First, to all of those who answered the call on that day of terror, and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They will never be forgotten.
And then, there were the firefighters and first-responders from all over the country who came to Ground Zero and dug through the rubble, day after day after day. Some have become gravely ill in the years since, and some have not lived to see the 10th anniversary of 9-11. They will always be missed.
And I can't forget the firefighters and first-responders who continue to show up every day, serving the people of their communities, making a difference in ways that only few can. They will always have my support.
And finally, I honor my husband who gave 110% every day he showed up for work wearing a blue uniform. He’s made some heroic moves in his long career, had one very close brush with death, and up until the day he turned in his gear and said goodbye to his crew, The Captain gave it his all. He will always be my hero.
On this, the anniversary of that terrible day in September, perhaps the best we can do to honor those who gave so much, is to thank those who still do.