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Yes, We Remember 9/11. But...

As I sit here this Sunday Morning, September 11, 2011... I read post after post from our fellow and sister Rainers as we remember that horrible day ten years ago.  Many memories, and many thoughts have been shared, about the tragedy we as a nation felt that day, and continue to feel to this day.

It is so true that we must never forget 9/11.  But... as we remember the horrible events from ten years ago... we must also realize and accept the fact that there are still people who are dying because of 9/11.  Dying right now !

The first responders who answered the call... after the towers collapsed.  They went to work... dug in... to hopefully find the few survivors who were alive and breathing amidst the ruins.  These men and women were told that it was "ok" to work on the ruins.  They were told the air, although obviously barely breathable... was safe.

But... even as I write this... those brave men and women continue to fight for their own survival with various diseases... lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, blood diseases, and the additional various traumas they incurred.  We as a nation need to take care of these people... not toss them aside.  And... we are only doing a half-assed job of it.  Shame on us.

If we truly want to fully honor those who died on that fateful day of 9/11/01... we must honor them by providing all the medical care necessary to those brave men and women first-responders who worked tirelessly on that day... and in the days and weeks that followed.

We MUST remember them, as well.

Comment balloon 55 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 11 2011 10:32AM

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AMEN, Karen Anne! Suggested.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) about 6 years ago

So true Karen.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 6 years ago

We must never and will never forget those who we lost on this tragic day ten years ago, God Bless them and their families!

Posted by Michael L. Brownstead, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS, 1SG US Army (Ret.) (Keller Williams Realty) about 6 years ago

We have to admire the human spirit and willingness to help out that is America. AMEN, Karen Anne.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 6 years ago

We will never forget what happened ten years ago today!

Thank you for your post.

Posted by Jeremy K. Frost, Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA (Keller Williams Realty) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne, you are so right - they did so much during that time and deserve our support. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 6 years ago

It is so very easy to forget these brave men and women.  They are, for the most part, out of our sight... which usually means they are also outside of our memories.  Please... they must not be forgotten.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 6 years ago

I couldnt' have said this better myself.   While we were caught off guard on 9/11/2011, there is simply no excuse to NOT help those suffering with medical conditions as a result of working to dig out of that disaster.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 6 years ago

I so agree Karen Anne with the honesty of respiratory effects from 9/11 and other ongoing ailments to pay attention to. This is nothing to bury our head in the sand about.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 6 years ago
Karen, once again your magic touch with words has delivered the message very eloquently for the rest of us.
Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) about 6 years ago

Karen,

Reading your post, I realize I'm not the only one who wonders if we have considered that not all our country's heroes lost their lives that day.

We build costly memorials to their selfless bravery. We make wonderful speeches paying tribute to their sacrifice.

Then we deny first responders access and resources to the necessary medical care needed as a result of the time spent among the ruins of the WTC. We resist allocating funds to help them in their time of need, though they came to aid us without hesitation.

How sad. I'd hoped we were better than that. We have a long way to go.

Posted by Michael O'Donnell, GRI, ePRO, Accessible Homes (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties) about 6 years ago

Karen, one of my clients just lost his fight to live last week. At 59 years of age, he succumbed to leukemia. He was one of the many brave firefighters who worked at Ground Zero (for 49 days) after the September 11, 2011 attack.  He retired in 2004 after he was diagnosed with leukemia that was probably acquired from working "The Pile" at Ground Zero.

 

 

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) about 6 years ago

Karen, These are the living heroes that must be honoured and cared for; I totally agree with you. More must be done for them. After all, they gave their all when they were called upon and did so selflessly and without hesitation.

Posted by RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate (RE/MAX of Nanaimo) about 6 years ago

Never Forget... the Senate Republicans that blocked the bill to provide care for 9/11 first responders suffering health consequences as a result of their work amid the burning and smoking buildings. Tax cuts for corporations were much more important to them than lives or health.

Fortunately thanks to a few moderate Republicans it eventually got passed. 

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (The Corcoran Group) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne I just now watched a segment about just this - there are so many of these people that need help now.  It is our duty to be there for them.  It's the right thing to do.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 6 years ago

Karen very well said.  It is so easy to focus on the big picture of collapsing buildings and not the aftermath of those who did everything they could to try and look for survivors.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne - Way too often I wonder the "whys" of media coverage.  To push circulation and ratings is obviously a large portion of the coverage .... so "why" over the intervening decade has the plight of these heroic personalities been unsung?  I don't like any of the answers that come to mind .... BUT I truly appreciate your efforts in highlighting the on going struggle of those who put themselves in harms way for the benefit of others. 

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 6 years ago

Hello Karen and I couldn't have said it better, congrats on the feature from The Gods, your message and ...

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Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 6 years ago

Ms Karen- my husband and I were just talking about that this morning.  We have put an emphasis on the families of those who were lost that day, as well we should but we cannot turn our backs on those who are suffering and will suffer health issues in the years to come. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

Karen, living where I am this is in my back yard. And every so often I come upon someone who lost a loved one or their health. We should be there for everyone. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) about 6 years ago

Lottie:  Thank you for suggesting this.  Those first responders for so many... are the hidden victims.  We cannot let this continue.

Lindsey:  We are all connected... and when they die, part of us dies as well.  At least, that is what my spirituality tells me.

Michael:  With each man and woman suffering after giving of themselves... what can they be thinking after all these years.

Debbie:  Helping means caring for them.  It means picking up their "hurt" and making it our own.  They must be treated like they are "family"... because in many real ways... they ARE !

Jeremy:  You are most welcome.  The problems is... it did not only happen ten years ago TODAY.  It is happening NOW.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 6 years ago

This is so very true, those first responders will be living with the effects of 9/11 for the rest of their lives. Thank you for sharing this as a reminder to all of us. This is well deserved as a featured post!

Posted by Colleen Sample, REALTOR, GRI, CDPE - Your Treasure Coast Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX of Stuart) about 6 years ago

Juli:  We are all connected.  How can we as a country NOT care for those who really are a part of US.  Sure... the letters U and S stand for the United States.  But together those letters spell US.  All of us.

Chris Ann:  Sure, we were caught off guard ten years ago... today is today... and OUR men and women are still dying from the Twin Towers tragedy.  I do not know the exact count of how many of these men and women who worked in the aftermath have died since then... but sooner or later it will SURPASS the almost 3,000 who died that day.

Gary:  To use your phrase... no, we cannot "bury our heads in the sand."  But... one by one... we continue to bury THEM as they die.  Shame on us.  And... shame on US.

Mark:  Your kind words touch me... thank you for caring enough to say something.  Perhaps the magic of my words comes not from me, but through me from those who continue to suffer.  Take care...

Michael:  I agree that the Sixty-Two Million Dollars from private donations for the Memorial in Shanksville, PA is a wonderful thing.  But... what must those who continue to die be thinking and feeling... knowing that they are not thought to be worth caring for ?  Imagine the hurt their families must feel... and perhaps even how foolish they may be feeling... knowing that their loved ones gave of themselves, and now so many of them have been forgotten.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne - Just recently I watched a news report about the health issues firefighters, first responders etc are having right now. I certainly agree with you 100% - while we must not forget, we also must help those people who suffer and will suffer for many years to come.

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.) about 6 years ago

Leolinda in Sun City:  For this firefighter you mention to have died TEN YEARS after the towers collapsed... is absolutely awful.  Wow... working on "the pile" for 49 days... being drenched in all that vile smoke and poison... and then him and his family watching him slowly die.  All because of him giving of himself.  All the effort and the noise that has been put into the debate of HOW to rebuild the Towers... and so little said about how to save the remaining victims.  Shame on us.

Rhonda:  Honouring these living heroes is paramount.  Surely we know that we want to honour those who died that day... but we can best to that... by caring for their brothers and sisters who tried to rescue them... and are dying day by day because of it.  We must realize that although those who are ill because they chose to help... that we... by NOT caring for the medical and psychological needs of the continuing victims... WE are choosing to dishonour our selves.

Mitchell:  Ahh yes... the Senate Republicans.  Lip-Service is what they care about.  How Dare They try and take away first-responders benefits !  But, they did.  Let's put THEIR children, their parents, their brothers and sisters in that mess for all that time... and then see if they still want to block a bill providing care.  In this post I have said... "shame on us" several times.  But here... Shame on Them !

Anna:  They need help now... is right !  For everyone who says they felt so "helpless" on September 11, 2001... now is the time time they can actually rid themselves of their helplessness.  These people MUST be taken cared for.  Whether we recognize it or not... they are all our sisters and brothers, our daughters and sons, our mothers and fathers.

Cindy:  Thanks for your kind words.  Sure... the collapsing towers got all the publicity way back then.  They still do now... as they obscure the need for helping those who tried to come to the rescue of those victims who were IN the towers on that fateful day.  The "aftermath" is no longer in the past.  It is their todays, and unfortunately, their tomorrows as well.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 6 years ago

HI Karen,

Good for you to raise one of the most dis-respectful and disgraceful aspects about the entire tragical aftermath.

 

Posted by Peter Pfann @ Fair Realty Victoria, BC, Canada. Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (Fair Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 6 years ago

There are so many victims of the tragedy of 9-11.  Civilians and Soldiers alike.  No one should be forgotten.  Thank you for reminding us of that.  As I said to you in my post..if everyone does a small part to help someone, it could really add up.

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 6 years ago

Well said, and I agree completely. It is a shame their medical care is being swept up in partisan politics.

Mel                          

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Karen, I agree... It's a tragedy that so many are left unhonored... We as a nation toss so many aside, VERY young, old and anyone inbetween that have served their time. I wish we could consistently honor them all...  God knows... He sees... I pray He takes care.... Great post..... Have a great Sunday! :)

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) about 6 years ago

Karen-Anne: no doubt, all the people who perished on 9/11, the over 6,200 troops who died in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom AND all the thousands who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice in any shape or form need to be remembered and cared for. Anything less is unacceptable.

Attention is mostly drawn to the almost 3,000 people but my heart goes out to everyone affected - I tried to honor all today and specifically those who are often forgotten about, the military kids.

If we all continue to remember and spread the word about those who need our help but are less prominent in the media coverage, we may just be able to accomplish great things.

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) about 6 years ago

Very true. During the live program this morning, they said there was over 3000 who died that day, but 52 (I think that was the number) who have died since because of their help in the unhealthy area.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 6 years ago

You're right Karen. This is somehting that will never , ever go away. We all know where we were, and with vivid details.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne- I agree with you. We need to take care of any person who helped to try to save lives on that day. 

And, while this is a huge tragedy and something we should never forget because of the attacks against our country on our soil and I don't and won't make light of it, yet still, just as we all grieve for the lives lost on that fateful day, FAR more people die from drunk drivers and although that is not looked at as a national tragedy, to the families who lose their loved one every 31 minutes that is 150,000 people dead since the 9/11 tragedy. Katerina

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne - A gentleman was on cable news last week. Forget his name, but he mentioned all the crap the first responders were breathing. He only had to mention one ingredient. Asbestos. Asbestos is a killer. Just ask the father of one of my friends. She doesn't have her father anymore but she gets checks. Lots of checks. No one should doubt those men and women and their suffering. 

Posted by Judy Chapman (Referral Network of Illinois LLC) about 6 years ago

Karen ~ You are so right and as part of the disaster there are funds and medical attention given to those who were at the site ~ My husband, Frank is called and reminded to return back to New York for testing every 12 - 18 months...He was there before the masks were issued....

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne:  your point is very well taken.  Congrats on the feature.  I do know one person who is suffering from his exposure to ground zero.  From what he tells me all his medical costs are being covered.  Not sure if this applies to everyone who was there.  It certainly should.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin about 6 years ago

We can never forget 9-11 and never forget those who died, both that day, and later on. They are ALL victims of senseless terrorism.

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) about 6 years ago

The fact that the 9-11 First Responders bill did get finally passed, despite the republicans is a good sign.  I think they are being honoured, though it will never be enough.

Posted by Peter Preston-Thomas (Real Ottawa) about 6 years ago

Hopefully, they are being taken care of as they well should be!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne,  It is horrible how many others have been affected by 911.

Along the same lines are the illnesses associated with the depleted uranium that our military used over in Iraq.  Read up on that and it will make your heart sick.  So many of our soldiers have come back and have suffered serious long term illnesses due to the radiation from the bombs we used over there.  This is also causing huge increases in birth defects in Iraq. 

Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) about 6 years ago

9/11 was like a stone being thrown in water.  The ripples caused just get wider and wider as they move from the center.  The number of people that feel that ripple is amazingly wide.   You touch upon just a small number ...  and that is mind-boggling and sad ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 6 years ago

Let's NEVER forget.  God bless America.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) about 6 years ago

As usual Karen Anne you are right on.  But the tragedy goes even deeper when you realize the extent to which the government then and now downplayed and hid the dangers.  Follow this link to a chilling story just recently on Democracy Now.

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) about 6 years ago

Karen Ann, I agree, we do not take care of our own, not in this situation or the military.  Can you imagine telling them that the air was okay, of course it was not.  I do think that face masks were manufactured in 2001!

Posted by Christine OShea (RE/MAX Realty Select) about 6 years ago

I so agree with what you have said in this post. How do we proceed?

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 6 years ago

Dear Karen Anne~Great Post!  You are absolutely correct!  This is not something that should just be a reminder on 9/11 though...9/11 is a point in history & a dramatic point in history for all of us!  There are a number of areas that are regretfully shoved under the rug.  The first responders, I am just AMAZED at how they have been treated, period. Am I surprised no, for many reasons.   I first heard that they were asked not to be invited to the ceremony downtown???  I said "what, are they CRAZY" on my FB page & one person said they had it on the news.  I then decided that they may have been trying to protect them security wise, as to have all of our important people in one place is increasing the risk....  However, I am not sure what the exact reasons were??...  Ironically, one of the group(s) had to be there anyway because of the "alert" that was placed right before.  They Firefighters had a beautiful ceremony at the place they prefer to honor their hearts lost.  There is an article though that gives a bit larger explanation of how that dust traveled...they did work in it under even "thicker" conditions day in & day out, but imagine 4-6" in your lungs w/o respirators...???   This article speaks of 4/10 of a mile away, much less right there...   http://www.ftpress.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1601140   Tragic & what have we done to care for them & our military properly...?  Some things are not even approachable in either of their exposure(s). 

Posted by Pam Hills, ASP/IAHSP- Stager Miami, FL, Creative Minds Innovatively At Work (Innovative Artistry) about 6 years ago

Karen Anne - You are spot on and I think people often forget so many are still suffering.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 6 years ago

You make a very valid point. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Posted by Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise (SaraMana Properties - QuickFreeMLS.com) about 6 years ago

Amen Karen. So many people who gave their lives are now fighting for their own lives. It is sooo true Karen. Thank you soo much for sharing. And Michael Comment #10 couldn't have said it better. I am not surprised. Have a great weekend Karen.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results. (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 6 years ago

Karen, this is so very true. We tend to forget about things that people do and need to have so fast. Great post -thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 6 years ago

Good morning Karen Anne,

Boy your post really hit home! We do tend to forget those first responders who made all the difference in the world in the tragedy the US suffered from 9/11! Thanks and congratulations on the featured post..well deserved!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 6 years ago

Hi Karen, fitting tribute to the victims of 9/11 and I shared some similar sentiment as well on my 9/11 post.  thanks for you comments on my get your running shoes out, until you mentioned it, i totally forgot about the NBA lockout. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, -"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!" (Hrisco & Associates | Expert Advisor Home Services | eXp Realty, LLC) about 6 years ago

I could not agree with you more! We can ask them to sacrifice for us and not take care of them when sick or hurt. It is just not fair.

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) about 6 years ago

Karen AnneRemember the good old days when a featured post would get 75 to 100 comments? This post deserved much more... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 6 years ago

Paul... not to worry.  The most probable reason for not getting 100 comments was that it was NOT about why or why not different posts get featured.  <impish grin>

But... honestly, I really much prefer the quality of the comments I get when there are fewer comments.  I love the dialogue.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 6 years ago

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