Tuesday, December 11, 2001
For an FDNY Hero I Didn't Know - Thomas Foley
When I got my bracelet I was surprised by the emotional impact it had when I put it on. It became one of those sacred things that I don't take off. During the Viet Nam war we wore bracelets with POW or MIA names on them. I wore my until the name on my bracelet was found and returned safely to the states. While I hated the war and was profoundly against it, I respected those who served and protected me.
Not I find myself at the beginning of a whole new fresh century that has not started out really great for any of us. Again I find myself wearing yet another bracelet of another hero, but this time he won't be found alive. I guess I'll have to wear this one a bit longer.
My dilemma is that I wear the name of a FDNY hero whom I know nothing about. Just a name. Is there anyway I can find out something about him, an address to send condolences to his family or a Christmas card. If I am going to wear this bracelet for a long time to come, I want to know about the man who I essentially watched perish in September. I would like to honor him by knowing about him and what he stood for. His name was/is Thomas Foley.
Posted by Rob on 12/11/2001