FlightSafetyNet Will Never Forget

Remembering the Heroes of 911

On the 14th Anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, remember and reflect with these powerful quotes.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002

“My older brother John lived [his life] in Technicolor. … When he walked in the door, the whole house lit up. And I’m sure heaven lit up when he got there too.”
Anthoula Katsimatides at the World Trade Center site in 2005


“My father, Norberto, was a pastry chef at ­Windows on the World in Tower One. For 10 years, he made many fancy and famous ­desserts, but the sweetest dessert he made was the marble cake he made for us at home. … Whenever we parted, Poppi would say, ‘Te amo. Vaya con Dios.’ And this morning, I want to say the same thing to you, Poppi. I love you. Go with God.”
Catherine Hernandez at the World Trade Center site in 2008


“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.”
President George W. Bush at the Pentagon in 2008


“Five years from the date of the attack that changed our world, we’ve come back to remember the valor of those we lost—those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them. We have also come to be ever mindful of the courage of those who grieve for them, and the light that still lives in their hearts.”
—New York City mayor ­Rudolph Giuliani at the World Trade Center site in 2006


“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” –David Levithan


“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.



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Troy Shaffer
Troy Shaffer

About the Author: Troy is an Air Medical Career Expert passionate about a team approach to improving air medical safety from the ground up. Troy is a former Army medic, Army pilot, Coast Guard pilot and EMS pilot. Troy has taught hundreds of wannabe flight medics, flight nurses and EMS pilots the exact steps needed to launch air medical careers.

    14 replies to "EMS Flight Safety Network Will Never Forget 911"

    • Sandra Lynne Haston

      Walking our little baby boy in his jogging stroller – he is now growing up in a much different world than his parents did ??

      • Troy Shaffer


        Thanks for sharing where you were on September 11, 2001. We agree. The world is definitely a different place now.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Linda Schnaedter

      I was sitting in the hospital with 3 month old daughter. I turned on the tv just as the second plane struck the tower. I will never forget.

      • Troy Shaffer


        Thank you for sharing where you were on September 11, 2001. I hope your daughter (now 14) is doing well. It’s important to never forget.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Muhammad Alif Fizaril

      Regards from Malaysia

      • Troy Shaffer


        Thanks for checking in. We appreciate you thinking of all Americans during this time of remembrance.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Jim Blanton

      14 years later and we are now on the same road as we were before 911. The sad thing is how many have forgotten. A Government that cant see what is going on Making deals with the Devil. Tells us that Evil is good . God is bad What in Gods name is going on.

      • Troy Shaffer


        Sometimes day-to-day things can seem off track. It’s important to remember the world is full of good people too. And what you mention is another reason we all choose to remember the lives lost –and the heroes who tried to save them on September 11, 2001.

        Thanks for commenting.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Jane Casares

      I was at a charge nurse meeting in the Emergency Department on September 11, 2001.

      • Troy Shaffer


        Thanks for commenting –and for honoring and remembering 911.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

      • Jane Casares

        One of the secretaries broke up the meeting and told us to watch TV We broke up the meeting . Those of us who didn’t have to go to work that day were told to go home and be on standby if needed. We are in the DC suburbs. I’ss never forget the next am I was in charge and left for work before sunup. The moon was a quarter moon with a star in the middle– the sign for Islam. It was creepy. We had so many depressed patients that day, many with chest pain, Was times.

        • Troy Shaffer


          I think the whole country stopped and watched TV (if they had access) that day. It’s interesting how the human brain works during times of severe stress and tragedy. I’m always a little amazed by the details I remember. It sounds like you and your co-workers had a similar experience.

          Thanks again for commenting. And for remembering…

          Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Lisa Rigdon

      I was picking up a patient in her home when the twin towers were attacked.

      • Troy Shaffer


        Thanks for commenting. It’s interesting (but not surprising) that a lot of us were doing what we do — patient care, flying, working to support our families — when the twin towers were attacked.

        It’s important to honor and remember all we lost. Hopefully, remembering is one of the ways we’ll keep it from ever happening again.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

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