September 11, 2001, left an indelible image for the millions of people that watched the horror play out live on national television. The sight of the iconic Twin Towers blazing and collapsing will be forever etched in our memories. 2,753 people died in the collapse of the towers of the World Trade Center. Included in that number were 412 emergency services personnel: 343 New York City firefighters, 60 police officers, 8 private ambulance EMT/Paramedics and one member of the New York Fire Patrol. These losses hit home in Frederick when it was learned Alan Linton, son of Pat and Sharon Linton, was killed in the collapse of the south tower.

Engine Company 230 Firefighter Michael Carlo, son of Frederick resident Bob Carlo, was one of the 343 members of FDNY that were killed that tragic day. Bob Carlo, an honorary member of the Junior Fire Company No. 2, passed away on August 22, 2021, just days before the 20th anniversary of his son’s sacrifice. The number of firefighters and police officers that have died due to illnesses suffered as a result of 9/11 multiplies the numbers of deaths on September 11, 2001, by many hundreds. The unknown number of civilians that have suffered from respiratory illnesses or cancers resulting from that day is lost to history.

Everyday citizens on four aircraft that suddenly became hostage to terror. 37 passengers and a crew of seven on United Flight 93 that knew their fate, but acted bravely to save others. Our Capitol, or White House, or possible another icon of our nation was saved, as well as possibly hundreds more lives, by the actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93. We can never forget their sacrifices. The many heroes of 9/11 can never be forgotten.

We recognize September 11 as Patriots Day. Patriots still serve our country. On Aug. 11, 2021, Josh Laird, captain of Green Valley Station 25, responded on several alarms during a severe thunderstorm. His last alarm was a raging house fire on Ball Road. As a fire service honored tradition, Captain Josh Laird was posthumously promoted to battalion chief. Battalion Chief Laird is the twenty-ninth member of the fire and rescue service in Frederick County to die in the line of duty since 1840. Two years ago, Libertytown Firefighter Mike Powers collapsed and died on the scene of a rescue incident. We can never forget their dedication and service to Frederick County. We can never forget all those that have died in the line of duty.

Thirteen members of our military recently died protecting American citizens and those Afghan citizens that fled a crumbling nation. Thousands of our nation’s military have given the ultimate sacrifice around the world on foreign lands from Southeast Asia to the Middle East. Thousands more have died in world wars and military conflicts that our nation has been involved in. Hundreds of our forefathers gave their lives to build a democracy. We can never forget all of those that sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom.

A vicious virus attacked the world with vengeance. The virus spread through the United States killing over 650,000 people to date. Millions more have died worldwide. Doctors and nurses continue to work ridiculous hours with little rest. Many of our medical providers have themselves become victims to COVID-19. Many have sacrificed their lives to save others. Their dedication and willingness to continue to fight the virus has no doubt saved millions of lives. We can never forget their courage and sacrifice.

During the COVID-19 crisis, food workers, store clerks, delivery personnel and thousands of other workers went over and above to ensure our economy continued to function. These dedicated employees made sure we had food on the table, gas for our automobiles and clothes to wear. Family members who took care of relatives and checked on their parents saved unknown lives. We can never forget their commitment.

September 11, 2001, was a day of patriots; individual heroism from total strangers, firefighters running into a structure knowing they may not come out alive, everyday heroes on aircraft that took the initiative to attack the terrorists to prevent further death and destruction.

Patriots fought to form our democracy. Tricorn hats and minutemen evoke images of patriots. Red helmets, blue badges, military fatigues and hospital scrubs have become today’s symbols of patriots. Patriots serve in the military to protect our freedoms and fight for the oppressed. Patriots respond daily to emergencies in our communities. Patriots fight COVID. Patriots are willing to serve and risk their lives to protect our world, our nation, our communities and our families. September 11 is Patriots Day. We can never forget any of them.

Clarence “Chip” Jewell retired in 2017 as Deputy Chief/Director of the Division of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services. He has been active in the fire service for 52 years, presently serving as president and assistant chief of the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department and is life member of the Junior Fire Co. No. 2. He is author of the recent book “History of Fire Companies in Frederick County, Maryland.”

(10) comments

jth7100

And now we are losing a 9/11's worth of Americans every two days to "own the libs".

Brookhawk

I was in western PA on 9-11, ready to drive home right by Shanksville. I heard what was happening and found another route so I wouldn't hinder any rescue efforts. There were no rescue efforts. The people on Flight 93 took it down, apparently so it would not be crashed into the Capitol building.

What I won't forget now is that on 1-6-21 a bunch of traitors tried to do what the people on Flight 93 died preventing - disrupting and damaging the Capitol building. What I won't forget is that the traitors of 1-6 betrayed the heroes of 9-11.

MrSniper

Right after 9/11, we played right into the hands of Osama bin Laden & did what he intended us to do. We invaded the Middle East for 20 years wasting American lives & treasure. The government expanded illegal warrantless surveillance programs against law abiding Americans. When the courageous spoke up, we threw them in prison or hounded them into exile. The government tortured people into insanity & set up an offshore kangaroo court to circumvent constitutionally protected rights. In short, the madness of 9/11 did not end with the attacks that day. Truly honoring patriots takes more than putting a flag in front of your house or acknowledging the sacrifices of others. Demand an end to the illegal spying. Pardon whistleblowers. Close Guantanamo Bay prison. Prosecute war criminals & the lawyers that gave faux-legal permission to torture. Standing up for due process, rights to privacy, opposing war crimes, & pointless wars against Muslims is every bit, if not more, as patriotic as the things mentioned in the original post.

DickD

Excellent article. Before the draft was dropped, all men that were fit were required to register and many were drafted. The only way not to be drafted, if your name was selected, was to enlist in a service and/or the National Guard or a Reserve unit. For myself it was the Marine Corp

MD1756

There are additional ways to not serve when drafted. I got my draft notice in 1970 when I was nine years old. Needless to say, I wasn't drafted when they found out my age. They undoubtedly had the wrong person.

DickD

You have to register for the draft, how did they get your name?

olefool

Or, you could suddenly develop some bone spurs in your feet like Donny did. His migrated to his head though.

gabrielshorn2013

Hear, hear!!!

jsklinelga

Mr. Jewell,

Excellent article.

BlueSky2020

Beautiful article. Let us never forget.

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