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Updated on September 13, 2012
Firemen Raising the flag at ground zero
Firemen Raising the flag at ground zero | Source
Robert Hewett Sr., Author
Robert Hewett Sr., Author


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


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you shiningirisheyes for such a wonderful review comment. I have to admit I get very emotional when reading this poem partly because I know if my son had been among those first responders he would have been leading the charge up the stairs. Thank you for following me I look forward to sharing our writing posted on hubpages.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such a soul stirring effect this honorable and proud ode has had on me. I am sharing as it is so important to never forget the ultimate sacrifice these "Angels who walked the earth" had on that terrible day. They faced this dangerous situation every day of their working lives and knew when they entered those towers they weren't coming out.

      Blessings to you. You did a fine job and you have eloquently reminded me of why I am proud to be an American.

      Voting up and sharing.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you very much mio cid for reading and commenting on my firemen poem about 9-11. It still hurts today when I consider the loss of lives so dedicated and also the innocent occupants of the buildings.

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      This is a touching article, I live in New Jersey and as I drive around and the New York skyline appears on the horizon I think we all still expect to see the towers there and it's a reminder of all those people who were cowardly murdered and specially all of new york's bravest and first responders.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you whonunuwho for this wonderful comment. God Bless you in your work, I think your flock is blessed to have you. Robert

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      This beautiful tribute that you have shared in your generosity is so well appreciated and received in our hearts by all who read. Thank you and may God bless you in your work.