Because of You, presented by Strength for Service, was created to share real-life stories of men and women who sacrifice so much for so many – the countless front line and first responders who deserve to be reminded there is a high calling to their work – and a divine God who sees and feels their pain, who shares in their celebration of a life saved or grief of a life lost. Whatever they are feeling or experiencing, we want to remind them they are not alone.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, as thousands lost their lives in an unprecedented attack on U.S. soil, countless first responders answered the call and did everything humanly possible to mitigate loss of life, comfort those in need and protect our great nation. And it didn’t stop there. Today, 20 years later, we look back on that day and offer renewed thanks and praise for our nation’s first responders – those men and women who live to serve others with such strength, honor and distinction.
In this month’s story, we introduce three first responders who lived the horror of 9/11 and experienced firsthand the power of a community and nation coming together to answer the call for help and healing. These three gentlemen, representing NYC Fire, Police and National Guard, went on to serve in Iraq as members of the Fighting 69th of the New York Army National Guard.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." John 15:13