thanks everyone for the support in the prior post. i got back late and was exhausted. today is not the day to dwell on myself. i will update you all later.
I just spoke to my son. He is at work on the streets of lower Manhattan just as he was on the morning of September 11, 2001. He and his co-workers are doing the job of keeping communication lines running in the midst of a memorial service. Just as they kept vital communications running 8 years ago in the midst of an enormous crisis.
This was my son's "office" - he really works on the streets - in manholes, on rooftops, in sub-basements. He was going to return to this building that morning but decided to go straight home. He had worked the night shift of 9/10/2001 and had taken on some overtime the morning of 9/11. He was relieved at the work site by someone who will never come home again.
My son and the rest of the guys on his crew are very emotional today. From September 12, 2001 well into the summer of 2002 they worked side by side with thousands of others to clear and secure the WTC site.
My son became close with many he worked beside and they were all humbled by the strength and resolve of the First Responders ...
My son calls himself "just a phone guy" - much like the way the rest of the workers called themselves - steel guys, Con Ed guys, trucker guys, military guys, construction guys, machinist guys, welder guys, medical guys ...
This was their "office" for 12 to 16 hours a day, day after day after day ...
7 out of 10 first responders, mostly FDNY, are sick today and require long term care and support.
You can read more about that HERE
There are no clear cut statistics on how many of the recovery workers are sick. There is no single place or agency that supports them.
The average salary of a firefighter is $42,000 a year. They ran into burning, crumbling buildings populated by investment brokers making hundred of thousands a year.
The men and women who worked at Ground Zero are now having their shifts cut, their overtime restricted, their very jobs eliminated.
All the memorials and all the sad songs and all the celebrity benefits will not fix what is broken.
What is broken in this country is respect for workers. Value for people who make things.
I agree that we should never forget those who are gone. Yet the harder job is to never forget those who are here ...