Everyday heroism noted at Rockland 9-11 ceremony

By Stephen Betts | Sep 11, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland fire and police officers, as well as other regional law enforcement officers, attend a ceremony Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

Rockland — Rockland firefighter Carl Anderson said it is easy for people to drive by the 9-11 monument outside the fire station.

"Certainly it is in the thoughts of all of us around this day," Anderson said Wednesday, Sept. 11, at a ceremony at the fire station. "But what it stands for should be remembered every single day -- heroism."

Anderson told the story of Rick Rescoria, who was head of Morgan Stanley security when the attacks at the World Trade Center occurred. Rescoria had earned a Silver Star in Vietnam and was known for singing to his troops to calm them.

Witnesses said Rescoria sang as he led people down the stairs to safety, including "God Bless America." He was credited with saving thousands of people by ordering an evacuation before the second tower was struck.

Rescoria was last seen on the 10th floor helping lead people to safety. His body was never recovered.

Anderson pointed out that the number of first responders who have contracted cancer and died after working in the rubble of the collapsed towers will exceed the number who died on 9-11.

The veteran firefighter said the anniversary of 9-11 is also a time to remember those first responders who have been lost during the past year, mentioning Rockland Police Sgt. Matthew Lindahl, who died April 26 of cancer.

"He left not only his family of blood relations, but a family of police officers and firefighters," Anderson said.

He said not only should 9-11 be a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day, but also to remember "the heroes in your hometowns who sacrifice every day."

"In an instant, they could make the ultimate sacrifice," he said.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 11, 2019 10:35

They are around us every day; maybe you are one of them. If you are, know you are appreciated.

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