IN MEMORY OF 343 NYC FIREFIGHTERS By Robert Hewett Sr.
IN MEMORY OF 343 NYC FIREFIGHTERS
By Robert Hewett Sr.
When the call came to go to the Twin Towers
We were all relaxing at the station
Some watching TV, some online, some
Just talking and joking with each other.
No really big concern on our minds.
In less than 60 seconds we were on our way.
We didn’t know it but we were about
To face death certain high above the ground.
Of course, we knew there was danger
Abundant for us, and possibly others
Trapped in those steel and concrete infernos.
Our mission rescue people and fight the fire.
Seven crews arrived at the site.
The first Captain went inside with his team.
The fire was above the 78th floor.
The elevators were down and glass everywhere.
A quick look and he yelled, “Up the stairs”.
People above us screamed in agony.
We set out to rescue them.
Wearing heavy fire resistant suits,
Carrying more than 50 pounds of equipment,
Including fire hose sections,
We started up the stairs.
We handed off injured and scared people
To others below us and kept going.
Above the 30th floor, the building roared and shook.
“God bless you” yelled the captain, “God Bless America.”
There were people, some injured, all around us.
They needed to be freed and taken downstairs.
The building shook violently once more and collapsed.
Among the thousands who died were 343 firemen.
“We are gathered here in Heaven, kin one and all.
Hoping our families will not suffer too long.
We heard the tributes to us and other rescuers.
This made of us proud to be firemen.
Rest well, others have taken our places
They will be there when the call comes in.”
Author’s Note: My youngest son is a firefighter captain
in North Carolina