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A beautiful blue sky that rained lives

September 11, 2011

They stood for 30 years, twin symbols of America’s lofty standing and influence in the world, almost 1,400 feet of steel and glass stretching toward Heaven in a marvel of modern engineering. And then in the aftermath of two twin ten-second pulses of released energy, World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were no longer standing. There, and also at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, 2,976 innocent people were murdered for the simple act of showing up for life that morning.
We can never forget – nor should we – the scenes of how they died that day: Those who were on the planes that had been turned into bombs and were careening toward their horrific destinies. Those on the upper floors of the Twin Towers who were awaiting help that would never come and making heartbreakingly sad last calls on the phones to loved ones. Those who were vaporized in the initial explosions that burned as high as 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit. And those that died in the acts of trying to save those trapped in that living Hell. If the sounds of the grief we felt as a nation that day were compressed into one burst of noise, we’d all fall deaf.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NKFD recruits never doubts decision

September 11, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – While hundreds of New York City firefighters risked their lives and died helping others on Sept. 11, a group of six men were in the middle of a 16-week academy for the North Kingstown Fire Department and, reflecting on that day 10 years later, they all remember being in awe of what was happening just a few hundred miles away.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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