Everyday Heroes, A September 11th Story

Everyday Heroes, A September 11th Story

We’re going to depart today from our regular format because I’d like to tell you about the evening I had last night.  I took a friend I’ve known for several years to my favorite dove hunting field.  The hunting wasn’t very good, but as usual the company was.  You see he’s an interesting fellow, a former business owner, an amateur brewer and an economist turned Air Force trauma surgeon who is now a civilian surgeon.  We both have three children of similar ages, are both married to accomplished, intelligent women and both take pride in our country.  He’s also willing to talk about topics more complicated and interesting than the weather and the follies of the local sports franchises.  We have a lot in common and I always enjoy his company.  Over the past few years I’ve come not only to respect him but also to enjoy his company.

Anyway, as I was saying, my buddy and I were out at my favorite dove hunting field having an entertaining chat and watching what few doves were flying steer very clear of our corner of the field.  I started thinking about hunting that same field with my dad on September 11th 2001.  I told my buddy how strange it was to sit there under an empty sky usually crisscrossed with airplane contrails.  I even asked my buddy if he remembers how strange that day, twelve years ago was.

To his credit, he agreed with me that 9/11 was a strange day…but then he proceeded to tell me where he was on 9/11.  You see, he was attending a week long medical conference in mid-town Manhattan.  When they temporarily shut the conference down after the second plane struck the South Tower he went up to his room and witnessed the collapse of the North Tower.

Twin TowersIt turns out that my buddy and his fellow conference attendees volunteered to help out and shortly boarded a bus commandeered by the NYFD for a trip into what he described as a ‘war zone.’  These civilian doctors/volunteers led by a core group of veteran military trauma surgeons set up a makeshift field hospital just blocks from ground zero and commenced twenty-four hour operations treating the wounded.

I knew my buddy was a great American and patriotic veteran but I had no idea he was also an everyday hero who risked his health and life to help others on that day twelve years ago.  I encourage you to discover the everyday heroes in your life… the people you interact with everyday who are willing to sacrifice for the sake of others… those that haven’t just witnessed history but also have the courage to play an active role in improving the lot of their fellow man.

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