Son responded to call of duty on 9/11 aftermath

Headline Surfer (formerly NSBNews.net) video / Bob Tolley in interviewed by the internet news outlet on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, where he first publicly talked about the impact of the terrorist attacks on his son, William, a firefighter, who had the grim task of removing bodies from Ground Zero.  
 
Bob Tolley / Headline SurferBy BOB TOLLEY
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- How quickly most people simply forget that first responders and just plain citizens continue to suffer and even die today as a direct consequence from the 9/11 attack on our country 11 years ago, directly related to the collapse of the twin towers, which killed and maimed thousands of people.

This does not include those lost from the attack on the Pentagon, or those lives lost on the aircraft that were used as a flying bomb platform. Each year, I wonder how many folks would actually remember the day without the mention of the event on television, the radio, and in newspapers?

How many people will actually take a moment out of their lives to bow their heads and say a word or two?

My son who is a New York firefighter, who worked the pile the night of the attack, will be here this week, and neither one of us will talk about that day, even though I will see it in his eyes, which always tell their own story. We will simply share a bottle of Tequila, maybe a curse or tear or two, and we'll both remember the scenes of that day which are indelibly burned into our memories, including all those who died or were injured. But the bottom line is, my son and I remember! How many of you can say the same?

My son who is a New York firefighter, who worked the pile the night of the attack, will be here this week, and neither one of us will talk about that day, even though I will see it in his eyes, which always tell their own story. We will simply share a bottle of Tequila, maybe a curse or tear or two, and we'll both remember the scenes of that day which are indelibly burned into our memories, including all those who died or were injured. But the bottom line is, my son and I remember! How many of you can say the same?

 

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Wendel Bradford
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Bio: Bob Tolley is a resident of New Smyrna Beach and citizen watchdog of municipal government. He writes his occasional column, "Tolley's Perch" for Headline Surfer, accessed via HeadlineSurfer.com (formerly NSBNews.net). Headline Surfer is owned by NSB News LLC/Publisher Henry Frederick, an award-winning journalist, whose internet news site covers Central Florida, with particular emphasis on Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand, Sanford and Orlando.