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OfflineMikeOLogical
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I'd like to tell you about my uncle.
    #3121615 - 09/11/04 10:30 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

My uncle's name is Ellsworth Hughes, and although he's my mother's brother, i've never met him.

My uncle was a division commander, manhattan North Division, of the New York Fire department. This meant he was the commander of all fire units north of 59th St. in manhattan, three ranks above fire chief.

He retired in 1998 after a long career, and when he retired the newspapers wrote a nasty article about him because they thought his $100,000+ annual pension was way too high.

On Sept. 12th, 2001, he was called back to duty. The job he began on that day is to notify the families of the fallen firefighters, that their relative's body has been positively identified, and to tell them where the firefighter fell and what he was doing when he died. The work is very slow, and still continues to this day.

So every few days, when a piece of remains is positively identified, my uncle gets into his best dress uniform, and arrives at the home of a grieving family with a colorguard and a box containg the firefighter's remains. He tells them that their son or daughter or father or husband died honorably, trying to save the lives of others, and that they can finally lay the remains of their fallen hero to rest.

For three years he has borne this responsibility, and served with honor. The newspapers do not mention his work.

Most of the firefighters who died on that day were climbing when the towers fell. They were going up and up in a place where any sane person with a will to live would have been going down.

So everyone, take a minute to think about the 300+ firefighters who died on that day three years ago, and think about how it would feel to be my uncle, just as he is about to ring the next doorbell.


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3121718 - 09/11/04 11:20 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

thats a tough job

someone's gotta do it.

you're uncle is a good guy :heart:


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3121761 - 09/11/04 11:38 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I've tried to imagine having to do that job, but I cannot. Your uncle deserves a lot of respect :thumbup:


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3121771 - 09/11/04 11:44 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

My hat is off to your Uncle and the rest. Shake his hand for me and the rest of us next time you see him. If he is interested in some sort of healing or is into any sort of spirituality I could give you a few people to get in contact with. Whith his job he carrys a lot of extra baggage.


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: Corporal Kielbasa]
    #3121800 - 09/11/04 12:02 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

If i could give the world to your uncle, i would!


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3122314 - 09/11/04 02:46 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Hey I ran over a bunch of baby rabbits yesterday with my lawn mower. Do you think you could give him a call and send him over to clean them up???

























Past the sick humor......It is nice to hear stories about the unseen heros. :thumbup:


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3122318 - 09/11/04 02:47 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I salute, to your Uncle. :thumbup:



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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3122330 - 09/11/04 02:51 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

The best heros are always the unsung ones.

:heart:


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: Barbi]
    #3122624 - 09/11/04 04:32 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

let us sing!


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: Vats of Blood]
    #3122633 - 09/11/04 04:34 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

You sit in silence in the shadows
You don't complain or citicise
And while the world may see me as a fool
They're not looking through your eyes
No questions asked
You're there
When I need you
With a love that inspires
Me to be
Everything you deserve
Cause you're my
Unsung hero
And I know it's not easy
To walk in your shoes
Day after day
You continue to amaze me
Now I sing this song of love
For you
While other long to steal the spotlight
You work your magic quietly
Cause you're not in it for the glory
The love you give comes naturally
I may not have much
What I have
I give it to you
This song that I sing
Is my gift
And I swear that I mean every word
Cause you're my
Unsung hero
And I know it's not easy
To walk in your shoes
Day after day
You continue to amaze me
Now I sing this song of love
For you
My unsung hero
And I know it's not easy
To walk in your shoes
Day after day
You continue to amaze me
Now I sing this song of love
For you
Now I sing this song of love
For you
Sing this song of love
Sing this song of love
I'll sing it for you baby
Sing it for you
You are my hero


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: Barbi]
    #3122641 - 09/11/04 04:36 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

:handth:


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: Vats of Blood]
    #3122642 - 09/11/04 04:36 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

i have a firefighter uncle. he has always been an inspiration to me. i have long considered being a firefighter myself. while i'm enamored with the concept i honestly don't want the nightmares of the burned children and shit that i've heard him convey. firemen are true heroes.


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3123161 - 09/11/04 07:56 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

God bless your uncle.


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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3123931 - 09/11/04 11:44 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

much love for those who gave thier lives for a good cause.  :heart:


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Annnnnnd I had a light saber and my friend was there and I said "you look like an indian" and he said "you look like satan" and he found a stick and a rock and he named the rock ooga booga and he named the stick Stick and we both thought that was pretty funny. We got eaten alive by mosquitos but didn't notice til the next day. I stepped on some glass while wading in the swamp and cut my foot open, didn't bother me til the next day either....yeah it was a good time, ended the night by buying some liquor for minors and drinking nips and going to he diner and eating chicken fingers, and then I went home and went to bed.---senior doobie


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OfflineMikeOLogical
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Re: I'd like to tell you about my uncle. [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #3124794 - 09/12/04 03:22 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Everyone, thanks for all the kind words... I think firefighters are the bravest, most selfless people there are... next time you see a fireman, thank him twice :smile:


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