9/11 Reflected: William and Joe

Posted: September 10, 2011 in 9/11, Life, remembrance
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On September 11, 2001, William worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.  Joe worked for the New York City Fire Department.

William’s office was in the World Trade Center.  Joe’s old firehouse was across the street.

I’d been talking to William for several weeks about his registration for a conference he was coming to in South Dakota on September 14. Back then, I had no idea who Joe was.

When the first plane hit the World Trade Center, William was in his office.  Joe was on his way to a press conference.

When the Towers collapsed, William was trying to get out.  Joe, who ditched his press conference to help his firefighter brothers, was trying to get in.

William died.  Joe was buried, dug out, and lived.

The last thing I remember William saying to me, on the phone a few days before September 11, was “See you next week.”  The last thing I remember Joe saying to me, at a Patriot Flag ceremony nearly 10 years later, was “Never forget.”

William Pohlmann. Joe Torrillo. On the 10th anniversary of the horrific events of 9/11, I salute them both.  Never forget.  See you next week, readers.

  1. reneeweatherbee.com says:

    It was hard watching the coverage on 9/11 again, but you, William and many others are right. We must never forget.

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