Sep. 11: Heroes of 9/11

Will Jimeno, a former Port Authority police officer, was one of the last people pulled out alive from the rubble of New York’s Twin Towers after their fatal collapse on September 11, 2001.  In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Jimeno was honored at Citi Field during a Mets-Marlins game.

Jimeno was trapped under the tower rubble for over 10 hours before he was rescued. It took him three years to recover from severe muscle and nerve damage, but he told the New York Daily News that he “is now walking fine.”

Today, the 43-year-old New Jersey resident cherishes each day with his beloved wife and daughters, and considers himself blessed to be able to be a voice for the victims.

Jimeno says, “I hope every American remembers everyone who lost their lives that day.  To me, every single soul that day was a hero.”

Pray for the victims and their families.

Give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning.  (Isaiah 61:3)

Help us to treasure the gift of life, Lord, and to honor those who have perished protecting what is good.

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