9/11 families back military trials in letter to President Obama

Eight year ago today, on November 13, 2001, my family laid to rest a 9/11 hero on what would have been his 46th birthday. Outside the church, along with hundreds of friends and neighbors and 1,200 firefighters tearfully saluting their fallen brother, we felt our nation standing as one. Today, we ask that you stand once more, for your families and with ours, to support our troops, and in the common defense.

We have appealed directly to the President. Below is that letter. If you wish to add your name to it, PLEASE CLICK HERE. (Note: 911FamiliesForAmerica.org is partners with theBravest.com and KeepAmericaSafe.com in this effort.) … Update: November 15, 2009: Due to the tremendous response, we are creating a displayable list of the 100,000 people who decided to co-sign our letter to President Obama. In addition, we have issued a call to action for this Wednesday in Washington D.C.

November 9, 2009

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

On September 11, 2001, the entire world watched as 19 men hijacked four commercial airliners, attacking passengers and killing crew members, and then turned the fully-fueled planes into missiles, flying them into the World Trade Center twin towers, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 3,000 of our fellow human beings died in two hours. The nation’s commercial aviation system ground to a halt. Lower Manhattan was turned into a war zone, shutting down the New York Stock Exchange for days and causing tens of thousands of residents and workers to be displaced. In nine months, an estimated 50,000 rescue and recovery workers willingly exposed themselves to toxic conditions to dig out the ravaged remains of their fellow citizens buried in 1.8 million tons of twisted steel and concrete.

The American people were rightly outraged by this act of war. Whether the cause was retribution or simple recognition of our common humanity, the words “Never Forget” were invoked in tearful or angry rectitude, defiantly written in the dust of Ground Zero or humbly penned on makeshift memorials erected all across the land. The country was united in its determination that these acts should not go unmarked and unpunished.

Eight long years have passed since that dark and terrible day. Sadly, some have forgotten the promises we made to those whose lives were taken in such a cruel and vicious manner.

We have not forgotten. We are the husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and other family members of the victims of these depraved and barbaric attacks, and we feel a profound obligation to ensure that justice is done on their behalf. It is incomprehensible to us that members of the United States Congress would propose that the same men who today refer to the murder of our loved ones as a “blessed day” and who targeted the United States Capitol for the same kind of destruction that was wrought in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, should be the beneficiaries of a social compact of which they are not a part, do not recognize, and which they seek to destroy: the United States Constitution.

We adamantly oppose prosecuting the 9/11 conspirators in Article III courts, which would provide them with the very rights that may make it possible for them to escape the justice which they so richly deserve. We believe that military commissions, which have a long and honorable history in this country dating back to the Revolutionary War, are the appropriate legal forum for the individuals who declared war on America. With utter disdain for all norms of decency and humanity, and in defiance of the laws of warfare accepted by all civilized nations, these individuals targeted tens of thousands of civilian non-combatants, brutally killing 3,000 men, women and children, injuring thousands more, and terrorizing millions.

It is morally offensive to offer Constitutional protections to individuals charged with murdering 3,000 individuals, in essence, to jeopardize justice for war crimes victims, in order to make an appeal to the Muslim world. The use of Article III courts after the 1993 World Trade Center attack didn’t stop any of the subsequent terrorist plots, including the attack on Khobar Towers, 19 Americans killed, the 1998 East African Embassy bombing, 212 killed, the USS Cole bombing, 17 sailors killed. The attacks of 9/11 were a resounding rebuke to the view that federal courts were an appropriate counterterrorism strategy. Afterward, we didn’t send law enforcement personnel to apprehend the perpetrators, we sent the United States military, who captured them and held them pursuant to the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

The American people do not support the use of our cherished federal courts as a stage by the “mastermind of 9/11″ and his co-conspirators to condemn this nation and rally their fellow terrorists the world over. As one New York City police detective, who lost 60 fellow officers on 9/11, told members of the Department of Justice’s Detainee Policy Task Force at a meeting last June, “You people are out of touch. You need to hear the locker room conversations of the people who patrol your streets and fight your wars.”

On May 21, you stated that military commissions, promulgated by congressional legislation and recently reformed with even greater protections for defendants, are a legal and appropriate forum to try individuals captured pursuant the 2001 AUMF, passed by Congress in response to the attack on America. Nevertheless, you announced a new policy requiring that Al-Qaeda terrorists should be tried in Article III courts “whenever feasible.”

We strongly object to the creation of a two-tier system of justice for terrorists in which those responsible for the death of thousands on 9/11 will be treated as common criminals and afforded the kind of platinum due process accorded American citizens, yet members of Al Qaeda who aspire to kill Americans but who do not yet have blood on their hands, will be treated as war criminals. To date, you have offered no explanation or justification for this contradiction, even as you readily acknowledge that the 9/11 conspirators, now designated “unprivileged enemy belligerents,” are appropriately accused of war crimes. We believe that this two-tier system, in which war criminals receive more due process protections than would-be war criminals, will be mocked and rejected in the court of world opinion as an ill-conceived contrivance aimed, not at justice, but at the appearance moral authority.

The public has a right to know that prosecuting the 9/11 conspirators in federal courts will result in a plethora of legal and procedural problems that will severely limit or even jeopardize the successful prosecution of their cases. Ordinary criminal trials do not allow for the exigencies associated with combatants captured in war, in which evidence is not collected with CSI-type chain-of-custody standards. None of the 9/11 conspirators were given the Miranda warnings mandated in Article III courts. Prosecutors contend that the lengthy, self-incriminating tutorials Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others gave to CIA interrogators about 9/11 and other terrorist operations–called “pivotal for the war against Al-Qaeda” in a recently released, declassified 2005 CIA report–may be excluded in federal trials. Further, unlike military commissions, all of the 9/11 cases will be vulnerable in federal court to defense motions that their prosecutions violate the Speedy Trial Act. Indeed, the judge presiding in the case of Ahmed Ghailani, accused of participating in the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in Kenya, killing 212 people, has asked for that issue to be briefed by the defense. Ghailani was indicted in 1998, captured in Pakistan in 2004, and held at Guantanamo Bay until 2009.

Additionally, federal rules risk that classified evidence protected in military commissions would be exposed in criminal trials, revealing intelligence sources and methods and compromising foreign partners, who will be unwilling to join with the United States in future secret or covert operations if doing so will risk exposure in the dangerous and hostile communities where they operate. This poses a clear and present danger to the public. The safety and security of the American people is the President’s highest duty.

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “the challenges of terrorism trials are overwhelming.” Mr. Mukasey, formerly a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, presided over the multi-defendant terrorism prosecution of Sheikh Omar Abel Rahman, the cell that attacked the World Trade Center in 1993 and conspired to attack other New York landmarks. In addition to the evidentiary problems cited above, he expressed concern about courthouse and jail facility security, the need for anonymous jurors to be escorted under armed guard, the enormous costs associated with the use of U.S. marshals necessarily deployed from other jurisdictions, and the danger to the community which, he says, will become a target for homegrown terrorist sympathizers–like the recent Fort Hood shooter–or embedded Al Qaeda cells.

Finally, there is the sickening prospect of men like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed being brought to the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, or the courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, just a few blocks away from the scene of carnage eight years ago, being given a Constitutionally mandated platform upon which he can mock his victims, exult in the suffering of their families, condemn the judge and his own lawyers, and rally his followers to continue jihad against the men and women of the U.S. military, fighting and dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan on behalf of us all.

There is no guarantee that Mr. Mohammed and his co-conspirators will plead guilty, as in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, whose prosecution nevertheless took four years, and who is currently attempting to recant that plea. Their attorneys will be given wide latitude to mount a defense that turns the trial into a shameful circus aimed at vilifying agents of the CIA for alleged acts of “torture,” casting the American government and our valiant military as a force of evil instead of a force for good in places of the Muslim world where Al Qaeda and the Taliban are waging a brutal war against them and the local populations. For the families of those who died on September 11, the most obscene aspect of giving Constitutional protections to those who planned the attacks with the intent of inflicting maximum terror on their victims in the last moments of their lives will be the opportunities this affords defense lawyers to cast their clients as victims.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators are asking to plead guilty, now, before a duly-constituted military commission. Mr. President, the families of their victims have a right to know, why don’t you let them?

Respectfully submitted,
(click text to co-sign)

Dr. Kenneth Paul Ambrose and Mrs. Sharon Ambrose
Parents of Dr. Paul W. Ambrose, 32, American Flt. 77, Pentagon

Margit Kastel-Arias
Wife of Adam P. Arias, 37, Eurobrokers, Two WTC, 84th Fl

Donald C. Arias, Lt Col, USAF (ret)
Brother of Adam P. Arias

Thomas V. Arias
Brother of Adam P. Arias

Andrew D. Arias
Brother of Adam P. Arias

Lorraine Beliveau
Sister of Adam P. Arias

Lauren Lucchini
Sister of Adam P. Arias

Karen A. Arias
Sister-in-law of Adam P. Arias

Nicholas C. Arias
Nephew of Adam P. Arias

Maureen Basnicki
Wife Ken Basnicki, 48, Canadian citizen, One WTC, 106 Fl.

Emily Schenkel
Goddaughter of Lorraine Bay, 58, Flight Attendant, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Edwin Root
Cousin of Lorraine Bay

Margaret Beamer
Mother of Todd Beamer, 33, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

David Beamer
Father of Todd Beamer

Michele Beamer Sorensen
Sister of Todd Beamer

Bonnie Beamer
Aunt of Todd Beamer
 
Richard Young
Uncle of Todd Beamer

Alice Hoagland
Mother of Mark Bingham, 31, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Herbert K. Hoglan
Grandfather of Mark Bingham

D. Linden Hoagland
Uncle of Mark Bingham

Lee N. Hoglan
Uncle of Mark Bingham

Vaughn V. Hoglan
Uncle of Mark Bingham

Candyce S. Hoglan
Aunt of Mark Bingham

Maureen Bosco
Mother of Richard E. Bosco, 34, Citibank, One WTC, 105, Fl.

William Bosco
Father of Richard E. Bosco

James Boyle
Father of Firefighter Michael Boyle, 37, Engine 33, WTC

Pat Waugh
Mother of Sandy W. Bradshaw,38, Flight Attendant, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

John Waugh
Father of Sandy W. Bradshaw

Tracy Peele
Sister of Sandy W. Bradshaw

Elizabeth M. Berry
Sister of Captain William F. Burke, Jr., 46, Engine 21, WTC

Christopher E. Burke
Brother of Captain William F. Burke, Jr.

Michael T. Burke
Brother of Captain William F. Burke, Jr.

James M. Burke
Brother of Captain William F. Burke, Jr.

Janet M. Roy
Sister of Captain William F. Burke, Jr.

Bradley Burlingame
Brother of Captain Charles F. Burlingame, III, 51, pilot, American Flt. 77, Pentagon

Diane McDavitt
Sister-in-law of Captain Charles F. Burlingame, III

Dr. Mark Burlingame
Brother of Captain Charles F. Burlingame, III

Anine Burlingame
Sister-in-law of Captain Charles F. Burlingame, III

Debra Burlingame
Sister of Captain Charles F. Burlingame, III

Robert Fraina
Brother-in-law of Captain Charles F. Burlingame, III

Beverly Burnett
Mother of Thomas E. Burnett, 38, Jr., passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Thomas E. Burnett, Sr.
Father of Thomas E. Burnett

Barbara Catuzzi
Mother of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, 38, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Larry Catuzzi
Father of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas

Dara Catuzzi Near
Sister of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas

Jordan Cayne
Father of Jason David Cayne, Cantor Fitzgerald, 32, One WTC, 104 Fl.

Laura Brough
Daughter of Georgine Rose Corrigan, 55, passenger, United Fl. 93, Shanksville

Juan A. Cruz-Santiago
Survivor, Civilian Accountant, U.S. Army, Pentagon attack

Patricia Schiavo
Mother-in-law of Jack L. D’Ambrosi, Jr. Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 103 Fl.

Dominic Schiavo
Father-in-law of Jack L. D’Ambrosi, Jr.

Irene Dickey
Wife of Joseph D. Dickey, Jr., Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 105th Fl.

Leslie Dimmling
Wife of William J. Dimmling, 47, Marsh & McLennan, One WTC

Christopher O’Connor
Cousin of Commander Patrick Dunn, 39, United States Navy, Pentagon

Jeanne Evans
Sister of FDNY Firefighter Robert Evans, 36, Engine 33, WTC

Christina Evans-Serafin
Mother of FDNY Firefighter Robert Evans

Starling Seravin
Step-father of FDNY Firefighter Robert Evans

Anne Malave
Aunt of FDNY Firefighter Robert Evans

Diane Fairben
Mother of Keith G. Fairben, 24, Paramedic, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Two WTC

Ken Fairben
Father of Keith G. Fairben

Shirley A. Felt
Mother of Edward P. Felt, 41, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Sandra V. Felt
Widow of Edward P. Felt

Gordon W. Felt
Brother of Edward P. Felt

Andrew T. Garcia
Son of Andrew Garcia, 62, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Audrey M. Olive
Daughter of Andrew Garcia

Kelly Garcia Arrillaga
Daughter of Andrew Garcia

Claudette Greene
Wife of Donald F. Greene, 52, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Bonnie Greene Le Var
Sister of Donald F. Greene

Debbie Rand
Cousin of Donald F. Greene

Kathleen Haberman
Mother of Andrea Lyn Haberman, 25, Carr Futures, One WTC, 92nd Fl.

Gordon Haberman
Father of Andrea Lyn Haberman

Julie A. Haberman
Sister of Andrea Lyn Haberman

Shirley Hemenway
Mother of ET1 Ronald J. Hemenway, 37, Chief, Naval Operations Office, Pentagon

Robert Hemenway
Father of ET1 Ronald J. Hemenway

Theresa Holland
Mother of Joseph E. Holland, III, 32, Carr Futures, One WTC, 92nd Fl.

Joseph F. Holland, Jr.
Father of Joseph F. Holland, III

Rose Lang
Mother of Rosanne P. Lang, 42, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl., and
Grandmother of Brendan M. Lang, 30, Structuretone, Two WTC

William M. Lang
Father of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Grandfather of Brendan M. Lang

Donna M. Caballero
Sister of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Aunt of Brendan M. Lang

Matthew D. Lang
Brother of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Uncle of Brendan M. Lang

Katherine V. Lang
Sister-in-law of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Aunt of Brendan M. Lang

Al Caballero
Brother-in-law of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Uncle of Brendan M. Lang

Beth Ann Caballero
Niece of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Cousin of Brendan M. Lang

William Caballero
Nephew of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Cousin of Brendan M. Lang

Amanda Caballero
Niece of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Cousin of Brendan M. Lang

Joseph Caballero
Nephew of Rosanne P. Lang, and
Cousin of Brendan M. Lang

Lee Ielpi
Father of Firefighter Jonathan L. Ielpi, 29, Squad 288, WTC

Patty Sumner
Sister of FDNY Lieutenant Joseph G. Leavey, 45, Ladder 15, WTC

Tim Sumner
Brother-in-law of FDNY Joseph G. Leavey

Bobbie Low
Mother of Sara Elizabeth Low, 28, Flight Attendant, American Flt. 11, WTC

Mike Low
Father of Sara Elizabeth Low

Alyson Low
Sister of Sara Elizabeth Low

Edith Lutnick, Executive Director, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
Sister of Gary Frederick Lutnick, 36, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl.

Carole O’Hare
Daughter of Hilda Marcin, 79, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Michael McAvoy
Brother of FDNY Firefighter John K. McAvoy, 47, Ladder 3, WTC

Natalie McAvoy
Sister-in-law of Firefighter John K. McAvoy

Michael J. McAvoy
Nephew of FDNY Firefighter John K. McAvoy

Marlena Joy McAvoy
Niece of  FDNY Firefighter John K. McAvoy

Joanne Lane Segal
Friend of FDNY Firefighter John K. McAvoy

Lori Montesion
Cousin of FDNY Firefighter John K. McAvoy

Holly Miller Hedley
Wife of Special Master Officer Craig J. Miller, 29, U.S. Secret Service, WTC

Vera Murphy Trayner
Wife of Patrick Sean Murphy, 36, Marsh & McClennan, One WTC, 97th Fl.

Lori Murphy
Mother of Patrick Sean Murphy

Thomas Murphy
Father of Patrick Sean Murphy
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Gary Nelson
Father of Ann N. Nelson, 30, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl

Mary Novotny and Bill Novotny
Parents of Brian Christopher Novotny, 33, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl.

Bill and Lorraine Novotny
Brother and Sister-in-law of Brian Christopher Novotny

Michael and Eileen Novotny
Brother and Sister-in-law of Brian Christopher Novotny

Jeanne and Steve Lawler
Sister and Brother-in-law of Brian Christopher Novotny

Daniel and Stacey Novotny
Brother and Sister-in-law of Brian Christopher Novotny

Robert Novotny
Brother of Brian Christopher Novotny

Kevin and Kelli Novotny
Brother and Sister-in-law of Brian Christopher Novotny

Dorothy O’Berg
Mother of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg, 28, Ladder 105, WTC

Dennis E. O’Berg
Father of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Elizabeth O’Berg
Grandmother of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Patricia Ferguson
Sister of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Douglas Delguidice
Uncle of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Agnes Delguidice
Aunt of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Robert O’Berg
Uncle of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Carolyn Coyne
Aunt of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Thomas Coyne
Uncle of  FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg

Christian Coyne
Cousin of FDNY Firefighter Dennis P. O’Berg
 
Geraldine Davie
Mother of Amy O’Doherty, 26, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl.

Maura O’Doherty
Sister of Amy O’Doherty

Dolores Owens
Mother of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 42, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl.

Peter J. Owens, Sr.
Father of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

John Owens
Brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Kevin Owens
Brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Terence Owens
Brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Thomas Owens
Brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

James Considine
Uncle of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Noreen Considene
Aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Elizabeth Stanton
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Thomas Stanton
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Kristina Stanton
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Jenna Stanton
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Briana Stanton
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Thomas Stanton, Jr.
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Raymond Campbell
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Kathy Campbell
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Abiane Campbell
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Kevin Welsh
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Joan Owens
Sister-in-law of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Robert Owens
Nephew of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Ann-Marie Owens
Niece of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Claire Cunningham
Aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Joan McAleese
Aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Richard McAleese
Uncle of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Daniel McDonnell
Uncle of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Lorraine Campbell
Aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

James Campbell
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.               

Cathy Farrell                      
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Richard McAleese
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Ed Cunningham
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Andrew Cunningham
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Kathleen Leone
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Arlene McDonnell
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Rosemary Huszka
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

James Huszka
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Maureen Cabrera
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Anthony Cabrera 
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Bernice McDonnell
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Daniel Peterban
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Tanya Peterban
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Tamara Siffert
 Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Anthony Siffert
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Danielle Park
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

James Park
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Nicole Symanck
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Michael Symanck
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Lorraine Owens
Sister-in-law of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Sean Campbell
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Patricia Welsh     
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.
                         
Bernard Welsh
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Loretta O’Brien
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Margaret O’Brien
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Gina Welsh     
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.                   

Kathleen Virnig
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.

Barbara Arato 
Cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr.                     

Ebit Fitzhenry Parks
Mother of Robert E. Parks, Jr., 47, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 105th Fl.

E. Betzy Parks
Sister of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Lauren Parks
Sister of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

David L. Parks
Brother of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Carol Parks Clancy
Sister of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Pat Robert Clancy
Brother-in-law of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Maureen Fitzhenry
Aunt of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Jack Fitzhenry
Uncle of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Brian Fitzhenry
Cousin of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Jeff Fitzhenry
Cousin of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

Beth Fitzhenry Fylak
Cousin of Robert E. Parks, Jr.

D. Hamilton Peterson
Son of  Donald A. Peterson, 66, and
Stepson of Jean H. Peterson, 55, passengers, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Julia E. Peterson
Daughter-in-law of Donald A. Peterson, and
Jean H. Peterson

Firefighter Robert Reeg
Survivor, FDNY Engine 44, WTC

Tom Resta
Brother of John Resta, 40, Carr Futures, One WTC, 92nd Fl., and
Brother-in-law of Sylvia San Pio-Resta, 28, Carr Futures, One WTC, 92nd Fl., and
Uncle of Baby Boy Resta, full term, unborn infant

Cherie Faircloth
Friend of Resta Family

Brian Long
Son of Diane Simmons, 54, and George Simmons, 57, passengers, American Flt. 77, Pentagon

Melissa Price Long
Fiancee of FDNY Firefighter Brian E. Sweeney, 29, Rescue 1, Two WTC, and
Daughter-in-law of Diane and George Simmons
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Freddy Helm
Brother of Diane Simmons and
Brother-in-law of George Simmons

Andrew Ficarella
Brother -in-law of Diane and George Simmons

Tricial Ficarella
Sister-in-law of Diane and George Simmons

Irene Johnson
Cousin of Diane Simmons

Marion Kminek
Mother of Mari-Rae Sopper, 35, passenger, American Flt. 77, Pentagon

Frank Kminek
Father of Mari-Rae Sopper

Shannon J. Spann 
Wife of Johnny Micheal Spann, 32, Central Intelligence Agency, killed in action November 25, 2001, Qala-i-Jangi, Afghanistan

Johnny Spann
Father of CIA Agent Johnny Micheal Spann

Gail Spann
Mother of CIA Agent Johnny Micheal Spann

Alison Spann
Daughter of CIA Agent Johnny Micheal Spann

Emily Spann
Daughter of CIA Agent Johnny Micheal Spann

Tanya Spann Ingram
Sister of CIA Agent Johnny Micheal Spann

Tammy Spann Dunavant
Sister of CIA Agent Johnny Micheal Spann

Mary Ann Strada
Mother of Thomas S. Strada, 41, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl.

Ernest Strada
Father of Thomas S. Strada

John Pasquale
Father-in-law of Andrew Stern, 40, Cantor Fitzgerald, One WTC, 104th Fl.

Florence Pasquale
Mother-in-law of Andrew Stern

Mary Ann Sweeney
Mother of FDNY Firefighter Brian E. Sweeney, 29, Rescue 1, Two WTC

Jan Vigiano
Mother of FDNY Firefighter John Vigiano, 36, Ladder 132, WTC, and
NYPD Detective Joseph Vigiano, 34, Emergency Service Unit 2,WTC

John T. Vigiano
Father of FDNY Firefighter John Vigiano, and
NYPD Detective Joseph Vigiano

Lillian E. Jacobs
Mother of Deborah Jacobs Welsh, Flight Attendant, 49, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Kevin Jacobs
Brother of Deborah Jacobs Welsh

Eileen Brady
Sister of Deborah Jacobs Welsh

Mary Louise White
Mother of Honor Elizabeth Wainio, 27, passenger, United Flt. 93, Shanksville

Lauryn Haffner
sister in law of Peter J. Owens, WTC, Cantor Fitzgerald

Jean Waletich
Cousin of Cmd Patrick Dunn USN

Stephen F. O’Conor
Cousin of CMDR Patrick Dunn, USN, Pentagon attack.

Teresa Greenway
Cousin of Cmdr. Patrick Dunn, Pentagon Personnel

Dominic J. Puopolo, Jr.
Son of Sonia Morales Puopolo, killed American Airlines Flight 11, WTC 1 attack

Carlo A. Casoria
Father of FF Thomas A. Casoria

Theresa Mullan
Mother of FDNY Firefighter Michael D. Mullan- World Trade Center

Patrick Mullan
Brother of FDNY Firefighter Michael D. Mullan- World Trade Center

Kelly Ann Mullan
Sister of FDNY Firefighter Michael D.Mullan- World Trade Center

Mary Kelly
Aunt of FDNY Firefighter Michael D. Mullan- World Trade Center

William and Paula Lang
Parents to murdered Brendan Mark Lang
Brother(William) to murdered Rosanne Lang

Lynn A. Faulkner
Husband of Wendy R. Faulkner

Kevin T. Wallace
FDNY retired

Tiffany Harrell
Niece of Cmdr. Patrick Dunn

Evelyn Malave
Aunt of FDNY Firefighter Robert Evans, North Tower-World Trade Center

William Malave
Uncle of FDNY Firefighter Robert Evans, North Tower-World Trade Center

Alfred and Lorna Morris
mother and father of Wendy Ruth Faulkner, deceased 9/11
South Tower World Trade building

Katherine Bailey
wife of Garnet Edward Bailey

Todd Bailey
son of Garnet Edward Bailey

Margaret M. Pothier
sister-in-law of Garnet “Ace” Bailey, UAL 175

Joseph E Pothier
brother-in-law of Garnet “Ace” Bailey, passenger on UA Flight 175

Tim Brown
FDNY Rescue 3, retired, survivor
theBravest.com

Ralph J Taliento III
Ladder 109

Thomas L. Hart

Captain Tom Gaertner
IL-TF1 Task Force Leader – Blue Team
Broadview Fire Department, Broadview, IL

Matilde Faria

Doug Muench, FFII, EMT
South Tower rescue operation

Kent Scheel
Brother to all
Fergus Falls Fire Department, Fergus Falls, MN

Richard (Rick) B. Costley
Supervisor – F&H Training Services
Safety & Emergency Response Training Facility
Chester, VA

Lt Peter W Dwyer

Mark Lorberbaum
A friend of NYFD

Ed Cuyar
AMERICAN CITIZEN
Veteran, U.S. Army
FDNY (Ret)

John Tomasulo
Firefighter, American Citizen

Mary Albarino
Cornwall, NY

Capt. Ronald Firnrohr Jr.
Milwaukee Fire Dept.
Friend of the FDNY

FF/EMT Saul Ontiveros

Peter J. Ackroyd, RN
volunteer firefighter and EMT
Mechanicsburg, PA

James G. Kay
Retired NYC Fire Dept

Philip and Janice Walsky
New Market, Maryland
Friends of Lawrence Virgilio, Firefighter, FDNY Squad 18
Friends of Paul Laszczynski, Police Officer, Port Authority Police

Terry Wright
WTC 1st responder
Hartford, CT.

Scott Eckels
Lieutenant, Quint 155
Castle Rock Fire Department, Colorado

Christopher Brown
Providence Firefighter
Brother of 9/11 survivor Tim Brown

Gary B.Cusmano Lieut.
(ret. Bn.8) FDNY

Todd E. Marquand, Retired
GFD L-3956

John Bateman-Ferry
Victor, NY

Jackie Hunt
someone who cares

Debra Panetta Amendola
Melville, New York

Firefighter Anthony Tarasi
E260 FDNY

Escondido Firefighter Michael O’Connor

Jason McBride
Hampden Twp Vol. Fire Co (LT)
Mechanicsburg, Pa

Thomas Todora

Laurence J. McKeon
Magisterial District Judge 32-1-23
Collingdale, PA 19023

David and Nancy Messina
Kissimmee Florida

Garrett Lindgren
Retired Firefighter, FDNY Rescue Co. 3, 9/11 Responder

Philip J Hoffman

Ron Kiley
FDNY retired

Deb Welch
Hilton Head Island, SC

Captain James Somers
47 Engine Co.
Somers Point, NJ

Nick Garcia
Firefighter / EMT
Greenfield, Indiana

Judi McLaren
mother of a firefighter

Robert O. Fish
retired firefighter (plus Anthony R. Fish and Matthew A. Fish)

David Foley
my friend, Thomas Reinig, was killed when the towers collapsed

John Ross (plus wife Mary Beth and mother Linda)
fire fighter, Aurora, IL,

Marc E. Bay, CPYB
Broker

Brian L. McKinney

Lieutenant Eric Knutsen
FDNY Engine Co. 28

Fire Chief Marion F. Blackwell, Jr. MS, EFO, CFO, MIFireE
Stillwater Fire Department
Stillwater, OK

Michael Tucci
American
Oklahoma City Fire Fighter

Tom Ryan
retired FDNY

Dan Rode
Milwaukee F.D.

Edward Campis
Hempstead Fire Dept., Engine Co. 4
Friend of FF Durrell Pearsall FDNY R-4

Raymond S. Marshall Jr.
Volunteer, Long Beach Fire Department,
I knew 11 fire fighters that were murdered that day.

Stephen Mazelis, FF *
Christine Mazelis
Joseph Mazelis, Retired FF
Lucy Mazelis
Christine Mazelis-Grace
Olga Mazelis
Nesconset, NY

Ann Mullooly
FDNY EMS

MICHAEL DePAOLO
FIREFIGHTER

Bob Kelly
retired firefighter BFD. FL.

Dorothy Giammona,
Proud mother of Captain Vincent F. Giammona, FDNY, L5

Ret. FDNY Captain Vincent M. Giammona,
Proud father of Vincent F. Giammona, FDNY, L5

Jeff Kochis
Hammond, Indiana

Robert Lisotta
FDNY, Retired

James (and Theresa) Fagan
retired firefighter

John A. Calderone

Ronnie Broome
FDNY Rescue 2

Rob Broome
FDNY retired E235 / L112

Noelle Ottoboni
San Bruno, California

Tommy Hatfield
Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services (Ga)
Special Operation Lieutenant Truck 1

Paul Baldwin
FDNY – Retired

Tom Watson
Firefighter/Paramedic
Chesapeake (Virginia) Fire Department

James F. Wilson

Jerry Kiernan
Friend of F/F “Bruce” Van Hine, FDNY Squad 41, WTC

Alexis Rosker
Lieutenant, Saddle River Fire Department

Richard A. Worrell
Retired Battalion Chief, Philadelphia Fire Department
Veteran US Army

Jeff Bailey
Captain,”C” Shift
Leon Valley Fire Department

Bob Culbert
Ellenton Fl.
Retired Boston Rescue 1

Timothy L. Davison
former volunteer firefighter
Never Forget
Romulus, MI

Colleen Mary Casey
San Jose, CA.

Joshua Brewer
Brother in fire
Macon-Bibb Co. Fire Dept. Ga.

Linda Giammona-Julian,
Proud sister of Captain Vincent F. Giammona, FDNY, L5

FF Timothy Julian, TL138,
sad to say, lost many brothers that day

Mark Guerin
KVFD Cadet in CT

Tyler Walsh
KVFD Cadet in CT

Nancy K. Nee
sister of FF George Cain, L7
Never Forget September 11th

Terence Nee
BIL of FF George Cain, L7

Christopher Nee
Nephew of FF George Cain, L7

Meaghan Nee
Niece of FF George Cain, L7

Conor Nee
Nephew of FF George Cain, L7

Rosemary Cain
mother of firefighter George C. Cain Ladder 7

Dan Cain
brother of Firefighter George C. Cain Ladder 7

Erin Cain
sister of Firefighter George C. Cain Ladder 7

John Vasselman
uncle of Firefighter George C. Cain Ladder 7

George Vasselman
uncle of Firefighter George C. Cain Ladder 7

SGT Steven I. Cohen
US Army

Charlie Williams
retired Battalion 9 FDNY

Gary Robinson
“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a Fireman”, Chief Edward Croker FDNY

Samuel G. Baker
Killeen, F.D. (RET.)

Michael Crozier
have good friends in the FDNY that died on that day.

Lieutenant Darren W. Mullen
Wichita Fire Department
Wichita, Kansas

Matthew Bryant
Friend of several of FDNY’s Bravest

Wayne Adams and family
West Bromwich, England

Brian Anderson
Waukesha, WI

Carl Gornic
Tulsa Ok
Originaly from Da Bronx…Co-Op City
God bless The heroes of FDNY..PAPD…NYPD

Rosanne Hughes
Monsey, NY

Frederick J. Ill, 3rd – Lt. FDNY
Son of Captain Frederick J. Ill Jr L-2 WTC

Patricia DeAngelis
wife of FDNY Battalion Chief Thomas P. DeAngelis

Nicole DeAngelis
daughter of FDNY Battalion Chief Thomas P. DeAngelis

FF Chris Waugh
Ladder 5 (Ret), FDNY, Survivor 911
to all my brothers RIP
and Never Forget

Grant Wilkinson
Firefighter, Birmingham, AL

Lin Barclay
Brookside Village, Texas

George MacFarlane
Firefighter and brother of Marianne MacFarlane United Airlines Employee aboard United Flight 175

Wayne Halloran (Ret. FDNY, Eng 75)
Fran Halloran
Good friend of FF Gerard Schrang and BC Dennis Devlin

Robert B. McGreevy
Firefighter
Mackinac Island
Fire department

Daniel Meeuwsen
Farmington, ME

Cheryl Spencer Scher
Atlantic, Virginia

Stephen V. Delaunay

Mary Ellis
Friend of FDNY Lt. Troy Roberts
Bridgewater, MA

Robert Sito Jr
Staten Island, NY

Kevin Wiley
Many friends among those who died
RIP “Never Forget”

Brad LaPayne
Champaign firefighter, retired (25 yrs.)
Champaign, IL

Gerard D. Brenkert
Ladder Company 3 FDNY retired

Rick Pechta
Captain, Engine 131/TL138
Missoula City Fire Dept., Missoula, MT
and personal friend of Tom Fodera E304 Queens as well as many of his friends in the FDNY

Stephen V. Delaunay
Former Civil Defense Auxiliary Fire Fighter, FDNY
Former Member Aviation Volunteer Fire Department, Bronx, NY
South Old Bridge Fire Company, Old Bridge, NJ

Thomas J. Silvernail
Tampa Fire Rescue, Retired

Harley Haug
Not related but, born eternal bonded through fire.
“NEVER FORGET”
Fellow Fire Fighter AFD #103

Kenneth Kreutzer
Roebuck FD s.c
ex chief Jamesburg FD, Jamesburg, NJ

Jim Glew
Fire Marshal, CFM
Santa Monica Fire Dept., California

James M. Gormish
EMT near Shanksville

Thomas P Cullen, Jr
Father of Thomas P. Cullen,III, FDNY, Squad 41, murdered by Muslim Terrorists on 9/11/2001

James T. Austin
Oklahoma City Fire Department – retired

Sgt. Arthur Schikschneit
Lakeland Emergency Squad
post-9/11 volunteer responder

Jennifer Ronca
Volunteer EMT, Tunkhannock, PA

John F. Bruckner
FDNY, Retired Battalion 27

Shawn Monaco
Massachusetts firefighter local 2509
post-9/11 WTC responder

Frank C. Derenze
Retired FDNY
A Friend of some who gave all on 9/11 a brother to all who gave all

Lt. Peter Lynch (and my wife – Ginny Lynch)
West Shore Fire District, West Haven, CT

Joe Marturano 3rd
Veteran United States Navy
LT/ Firefighter/EMS Ret CFD
Central New York State

Karl and Anita Schwarz
Parents of FDNY firefighter

Peter Aloisi
Lynnfield, MA

Jerry Grady
Former Auxiliary FF – L-132

Butch Foley
FDNY Rescue Co. 4, currently residing in N.C.
WTC rescue and recovery

Lt. Paul Schoenwalder
Local 4576, Wilmington NC
Brother to the FDNY

John Cranston
Spring Lake FD
Kingston, NY

Lt John M. Carbone and My wife Alisa J Carbone
as well as my Mother Dorothy M Carbone as signers of this letter

Gerald W. Wallace

Stanley J. Sickels
Red Bank, New Jersey Fire Marshal and WTC Responder

Donna L. Sickels
Red Bank, New Jersey
Friend of several victims
*
Capt. Ken Kluck ret.
IAFF L732
North Port, Fl.

Thomas J. Risi
Auxiliary Police Officer, NYPD

Debbie Foley

Jeff Densmore
Enfield Fire Department
Enfield, NH

Sharon E. Brown
American Citizen and Sister of 9/11 survivor, Timothy Brown

FF/EMT Michael JP Dunn
Fir na Tine- Braithre Thar Gach Ni
Rest Easy Brothers, We’ll Take It From Here

Ryan Murphy

MaryEllen Zackaroff, Carmel, NY
friend of Lt. Charles Garbarini, FDNY and John Gallager, Cantor Fitzgerald

James F. Wilson
Groton, CT

Stephen Heath
Captain, IAFF Local 2337
Kingston, MA

Daniel Jozic
I will never forget

Janice M. Testa
sister of FF Henry Miller, Ladder 105

Chuck Booth
Peekskill Fire Dept.

Lt. Kevin L. Farrar
Westborough Fire Local 3070
Westborough, MA

Jeffrey F. Parr
Amherst, MA. Firefighter
Massachusetts Urban Search and Rescue Task Force
WTC Responder

Battalion Chief Wayne Howerton
Spokane Valley Fire Dept, President, Local 3701 IAFF
Spokane Valley, WA

Richard A. Small
WFD Retired Local 340

Firefighter Wayne R. Wichern
Battalion 53 – FDNY

Carol Wichern
Wife of An FDNY Firefighter

John Tilton (and Melanie Tilton), Newcastle, Maine
retired Firefighter with the City of Troy, New York
and knew four firefighters murdered on September 11, 2001.

Ramon Pagan
Connecticut firefighter
I WILL NEVER FORGET !!

Terry Styer
local 542 operating engineers helped clear debris wtc 1 and 2

Michael Memolo
FDNY Rescue 2 Retired

William L. Redmon
Former firefighter, Louisville, Kentucky
Former police officer, Jefferson County, KY
(Retired)

Richard W Roberts
Troy, NY

Captain Doug LaCount
Los Angeles County Fire Department

Mike Ronca
Tunkhannock Ambulance, PA

Russell J. Chidley
Firefighter/Paramedic, Long Beach, CA firefighters L372
1st Avaition Brigade, Vietnam Veteran

Tom Melton
Pamela Melton
Huntington, WV

Kevin J. Wilcox
retired firefigfhter MCFD NY

Nelson Roman
Fire Engineer, AHT-3 COML
Kissimmee Fire Dept
Station-12/C

Captain James Flora
NEVER FORGET
Farmington, NM

Timothy M. Hudson
Proud American Firefighter

Chris Francis
Virginia Beach Fire Dept.

Lt. Frank A. Scala
Rockland County Sheriff’s Department
Corrections Division
New York, NY

Cheryl Ley
Sauk Rapids, MN

Sherry Martelli
Firefighter/EMT
Portland TN

Lt. Robert Maddalone active FDNY member.
9/11 First responder and
Friend to many who perished

Sean P. Moran
Bellport,NY

Pete Hart
Retired FDNY

David F. Ebarle
San Francisco, CA

Kosta Viennas
Virginia Beach

Duane L. Mitchell
Firefighter/paramedic
Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts/IAFF local 2894
Raynham Fire Department, Raynham, Mass.

FF Kevin McDowell FDNY
S.I.N.Y. 10314

Phyllis Brenna
Holtsville, NY

Tara Tarasi
wife of a New York City firefighter and proud American

Ryan Murphy
Janesville, Wisconsin
Janesville Fire Department

Dean, Jackie, Billy, & Kristen Brauch
Friend of FDNY firefighter Dana Rey Hannon, Engine 26, WTC – We will Never Forget
Proud sister of current FDNY firefighter William Kelly Brock, Engine 68
Cousin of current FDNY firefighter Matthew DiLeo, Engine 71
Friend of current FDNY firefighter Michael Ciampo

Troy Garlick
EMT-B
retired Fire Captain
Farmington, NM

Patricia Garlick
EMT-B

Robert Freeman, Deputy Chief, Retired
West Haven Fire Departmemt, WTC First Responder

Tara Stackpole
Wife of Captain Timothy Stackpole FDNY, WTC

James Householder
An American soldier fighting for freedom

Karen Cregar
SSgt USMC (Ret)

Kipp Rix – Firefighter
Farmington Fire Department
Farmington, NM

Buck Buchanan
Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Battalion 6 “B” Platoon
friend of Brad Burlingame who lost a brother and Capt. John Vigiano (FDNY Retired) who lost 2 sons.

John Giuffrida, Retired FDNY
Responded to WTC on 9/11

Louis Uffer
Firefighter, Toms River Fire Company No. 1
Toms River, NJ

Verne Kelley
Fellow firefighter and brother to all,
Norwood Volunteer Fire Department, Norwood, Missouri

David L. Pacific
Former Sacramento Fire Dept Reserve / SQD 99

Steven Weisbaum RN
Friend of NYFD & Family on NYPD
Volunteer on 9/11 rescue squad

David Dennison
U.S. Army Veteran
31 year Firefighter / Paramedic
Canton OH

Bradley J. Wincott
Volunteer Firefighter, San Jose, CA

Martin Rooney
Northern Ireland

Dan Bollinger USN RET

Gina LaRosa
Rocky Hill, CT

Adam and Karen Landis
Ormond Beach, Florida

Anthony M. Fulciniti
Port Monmouth, NJ

Amy Dupré
Friend of Sharon Brown, who is the sister of Tim Brown, retired FDNY Rescue 3, 9/11 survivor

Brett M. Dowling
Tyngsborough, MA

Jeff Cool
FDNY Retired Rescue 3

Terry Fagan
Vernon, CT

Dave Richards
Pa. State Fire Training Instructor – Emeritus

Joseph McNamara
Cumming Georgia

John Murphy
FDNY – Retired

Barbara Klotzbach
Academic Advisor
Academic Achievement Center
Maxwell Library

Chris Mozzillo
FDNY Eng 55
Craig Ellefsen / Friend

Marie Reeg
Wife of critically injured Firefighter Robert Reeg

Alison Reeg
Daughter of critically injured Firefighter Robert Reeg

Erin Reeg
Daughter of critically injured Firefighter Robert Reeg

Evelyn Reeg
Mother of critically injured Firefighter Robert Reeg

Harold Reeg
Brother of critically injured Firefighter Robert Reeg

Eugene Reeg
Brother of critically injured Firefighter Robert Reeg

Kirk D. O’Leary
US Army Reserves and USANG Vet
26 year Firefighter
Bluffton, SC

Chris Going
Volunteer Firefighter

John J Dewan Jr. (former FDNY)
Relative of FF Gerard P. Dewan Ladder 3 – 4/16/66 – 9/11/01

Rich Dreyer
Capt., L.90. Asbury Park, NJ, IAFF 384

Carl E. Safstrom
North Smithfield, RI

Christopher W. Clegg, Norwood, NJ
I also lost friends on 9/11 and I served in the Army during Viet Nam.

Wendy Priola, Inspector
Memphis Fire Department
Fire Prevention Bureau

Denise Lynch
Wife of Lt. Michael F. Lynch, 4 Truck, FDNY, 33 yrs old

Michael Lynch 11 yrs old
Son of Lt. Michael F. Lynch, 4 Truck FDNY, 33 yrs old

Jack Lynch , 8 yrs old
Son of LT. Michael F. Lynch, 4 Truck FDNY, 33 yrs old

David J. Williamson
Chaplain, Hermitage (PA) Fire Dept.

Wendell Howard
Portland, Maine Fire Dept.

Lt. John Kaltenbach
Rescue 133
Mifflin Township – Division of Fire
Gahanna, Ohio

Thomas O’Connor, Retired Lt., and Patrice O’Connor
Never forget

Gary M. Clark
son of a firefighter who died in the line of duty

Steve Jason III
Firefighter, Millburn NJ, and first responder to WTC

Paul Bertrand
Primary Colors Painting Corp
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

Dan Finegan
Lt. Ret Engine 50 FDNY
Pres. NYC Retired Firefighters of Orange Co. NY

Timothy F. Cronin
Corona California

F. Len Colica
Toms River, NJ

Lawrence Dostanko Jr.
President FMBA Local No. 13

FF Michael A. Musich
FDNY Special Operations Command

Janice Ray Gomes
daughter of a fireman in Madera county, California

Nick Morgan
St Louis, Missouri

Firefighter Christopher Viviano L-157

Jamie Feeley
Firefighter Rescue Co. 1 FDNY
*
Lt. Kevin P. Williams
FDNY Rescue 3

Ralph Silano Jr.
Retired Westchester County, NY Police Officer

Philip Smith
Lieutenant, Norriton Fire Engine Company 61
East Norriton, PA

John Greco, and wife Nancy
Port Washington, NY 11050
World War II navy veteran

Lt. John E. McElligott Jr.
Lynn, MA F.D. Retired

Clem Wm. Schimikowski
Emergency Response Project Manager – TRANSCAER State Coordinator
Tucker, GA

Brent Jones
Firefighter and former Marine
Milwaukee WI

Jason McFerran
Firefighter

Diana M. Lupoli
Nicholas Lupoli Jr.
Emma L. Lupoli
friends of Lt. Michael F. Lynch, 4 Truck, FDNY

Thomas M. Gruber
Kingwood, TX
ex, Baldwin FD H&L Co. 2

Theresa Regan
Wife of Donald J Regan FDNY Rescue 3

William J McCarthy
Rescue 4 retired and brother to all 343

Jeffrey T Anstead
Retired FDNY Ladder Co. 5
GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

Brian J. McCarthy ret. FDNY

Dan McNichol
cousin of FDNY FF Thomas Kuveikis SQ252

Charlene Ledbetter
US Citizen
Pelco Employee
War crimes should not be tried in civilian courts. Keep America safe.

Hank Rolfs
Portland, OR

Robert D. Oxford, Retired Police Officer and who has a son who is a firefighter/EMT.
Gayle G. Oxford, wife of the above and is an accountant.
Reside in Grand Junction, CO.

Jermaine Patterson
FDNY L152

Jennifer Kass
Framingham, MA

Marc Gluesen
Bremerhaven, Germany
God bless the victims of 9-11, their families and their friends – I will never forget

Robert and Mary T. Bialick
Beverly Hills, Florida

Scott Larose, Matt Gilman and John Bercier
New Hampshire

Peter Rudge
Son of NYPD cousin of NYFD and proud father of Special Forces Soldier in Iraq

Virginia Schmidt, Will Schmidt, Virginia Rasenberger, and Gerard Rasenberger
All friends of Captain Patrick Brown (L3) & Captain Terence Hatton (R1)

John and Connie Lyons
Parents of FDNY firefighter

Julie Malinowski
Pittsburgh, PA

Al Ludington
former Chief, Harriman Engine Co., No. 1, Harrima, NY

Capt. Ernest Girard in PH & L Co 1,
Friend and Fellow firefighter of murdered Ronnie Geis 9/11

Adesta Roberts
Volunteer Firefighter, Brunswick #1 Fire Co. Inc., Brunswick, NY
343 may have gone on before us, but they will NEVER be forgotten. God bless them all.

Jaynie Bennor
Norcross, GA

Belgico “Ben” E. Rodriguez
FireFighter FDNY Ladder Co. 102

S. Chris Friedle, SSgt, USAF
Lieutenant, City of Tye Fire Department

Cappy Kreppel
Broken Arrow, OK

Roseanne DeMaria, Nicholas DeMaria, Michael DeMaria, and Nicole DeMaria
Friends forever to Denise, Michael and Jack Lynch. In memory of Lt. Michael F. Lynch, 4 truck FDNY

Lieutenant Steve Dykema
City of Wyoming Fire Department, MI

George E. Kelly
Retired Captain, FDNY

Jeffrey D. Burns, Fire Official
New Jersey Department of Treasury
Div. of Administration, Emergency Response Unit

Louise Caudullo, Bolton, Ct
sister of Capt. Vincent Giammona, FDNY, Ladder 5, who died at WTC on his 40th birthday 9/11/01

Eric Robey
Pittsburgh, PA

Lucio Andrade
Long Beach Fire Department
Fmn. Engine 13

Sally Greenwell
Mother of Firefighter, US Citizen
Knoxville, Tennessee

William G. Thorsen
Past Deputy Chief Operations
Rockaway Point Vol. Fire Department

Jerry Tarango Firefighter
Paramedic Los Angeles County Fire Department FS 151

Brian Leavey
son of FDNY Lieutenant Joseph G. Leavey, 45, Ladder 15, WTC

Bernadette Rafferty
Sister of Micahel F. Lynch, FDNY Ladder 4

John Rafferty
Brother-in-law of Michael F. Lynch, FDNY Ladder 4

Lourdes Martinez
NYPD Retired
US Army Vet

Bill Miller
Rescuer NYTF-2

John Napolitano, Search and Recovery WTC, 911 Family Member,
Father of Lt John P Napolitano FDNY Rescue 2 who was killed in the Line of Duty while saving lives in the North Tower, one of America’s first patriots of the 21st Century.

Dennis Amodio
Retired FDNY Rescue 1

  213 comments for “9/11 families back military trials in letter to President Obama

  1. James Johnson
    November 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Well it is very obvious this Administration has an agenda of its own and it is not the safety and well being of the citizens of this great country

  2. BILL BUSH
    November 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    FRIEND OF JOHN MCAVOY AND DAVID LAFORGE

  3. James Johnson
    November 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Retired FF FXCO

  4. Kent Higgins
    November 12, 2009 at 11:03 am

    President Obama, two simple questions – do you not understand the word “terrorist” and was not the 9/11 attach on American soil an act of terrorist? How can you grant the rights and privileges of American citizens to foreign terrorist? On that horrific day I lost 343 fellow “brothers” to the insanity of foreign aggressors who must be tried as war criminals in a military court!

    Retired – WRFD

  5. William G. Koehler
    November 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

    For all the “Brothers” past,present and future.
    Retired BC Batt. 3 “DA BRONX”

  6. Rich Dreyer
    November 12, 2009 at 8:46 am

    We must NEVER FORGET by voting the bums out who refuse to acknowledge the murder that took place on out soil. The litigation and reconstruction debacles are smacks to face of our fallen loved ones by politicians with personal agendas. Terrorists combatant murderers are not afforded the Constitutional protections US citizens receive. All who are here and read this need to take the time to vote. It’s the only way. That’s my 0.02. God Bless America. God help the survivors get through it all.

  7. Michael Feldman
    November 12, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Mr President, please reconsider your actions for the surviving family members of these victims, and every family in this great country. I do not understand your need to help our enemies and to bring them back on American soil. Gitmo should not be closed and our enimies that hate us as much as they do should be treated the same way they treat us; maybe worse as we would NEVER do to them as they have done to us. Stop playing politics and “REMEMBER” what has happened and “DO THE RIGHT THING”!!!

  8. Irene Toner
    November 12, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Please, President Obama, acknowledge who our enemies are! Do right by those people that elected you to the highest office to protect us, to protect our freedom and to strengthen the patriotism that your administration is abandoning.Those that are set to destroy this great country, the United States of America are terrorists! They’re not common criminals, but TERRORISTS! If you can’t do that, you are not a true American, but just a common politician. Those that died on that day and those that are dying everyday because of those terrorists protecting you as well. Don’t you get it? To the people – don’t forget and let’s do everything in our power, what ever it takes, to protect the freedom that we so enjoy and the freedom that so many are seeking!

  9. Philip E. Hanlon Ret. FF
    November 12, 2009 at 2:28 am

    A friend of many that were needlessly murdered that day!

  10. Thomas A. O'Brien
    November 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Lets take care of our Brothers and Sisters who responded to this tragic event that has forever changed our way of life! Retired New York City Police Officer 73Pct.

  11. Ed Callen
    November 11, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I am a retired firefighter from the NYFD…” NEVER FORGET” is the Motto of 9/11- We will also “NEVER FORGET” the politicens who are in favor of trying the terrorists in civil courts instead of military courts where they belong. We will “REMEMBER YOU” at election time…

  12. November 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    There was no justice for any of the 9/11 victims, but yet we feel the need to extend justice to these murders. I am sadden that it is no longer a justice system but a legal system, that only works for those that break the law. These families have suffered and endured more than any person should ever have to in their lifetime. It is time that these politicians take a stand and do the right thing, I know it will be extremely hard for them since most of their career it has not been about doing the right thing but what benefits them. Just know that we will stand beside you and fight until justice is done.

  13. Patch Guglielmino
    November 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    PLEASE IN THE NAME OF GOD DO NOT FORGET THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. KEEP IT ALL IN A MILITARY COURT SO JUSTICE CAN BE DONE.
    Patch – Relief Worker at Ground Zero

  14. Lt. Brian Richardson, SE Thurston Fire & EMS; President local 3628
    November 11, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    These are war crimes that need to be treated accordingly. There is no middle ground. There is no gray. We are doing forgetting that horrible day that forever changed our communities. A tragedy that claimed the lives of 343 of our brothers. We owe it to their memories and their families to see justice is served to those who are guilty.

  15. Bill Redmon, Retired, Louisville, KY Firefighter, Jefferson County, KY Police Officer
    November 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I cannot believe that we, all of us, continue to re-elect these old, out of touch, people to our government leadership positions. They could give a damn less about 9-11 suvivors or familes of those whose lives were lost.

    POWER, for themselves is all that they strive for. When we start sending them home instead of back to Washington, D.C., maybe the new guys will wise up. It is too late for the incumbents to change. Get them out!

    I can hardly believe that I got through this comment without cursing those worthless Bastards who are supposed to be SERVING US and not pursuing their own agendas.

    Love to all of you who are connected to 9-11. Thank you.

  16. Butch Foley
    November 11, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    With all due respect, how dare you [Obama] spit on the graves of these greatest AMERICANS. They paid the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for yes, you and your family. Every American I know will support this letter. Please reconsider for the surviving family members of these victims, and every family in this great country. I do not understand your motivation to help out our enemies.

    sincerely
    Butch Foley, FDNY Rescue Co. 4, currently residing in N.C./ WTC R&R

  17. Robert Baron
    November 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I have served my country for over 20 years first in America’s Army and now as a Firefighter in Colorado I do not do this for the glory. And neither did the 343 Brothers who gave there lives or the hundreds of Men and Women dieing over seas. we serve to make this the best country in the world free and safe form terrorists try them under the UCMJ and then hang the bastards. GOD BLESS THE USA

  18. Brandon Rivette
    November 11, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I’m a cadet in Illinois, and my father has been a Fireman for over 20 years. 9/11 hit us both really hard, and these men who caused it, need to be punished in a way that would fit their crime.

  19. jack gottlieb
    November 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    former fire buff eng 96 tl 54 se bronx ny

  20. Geoffrey L. Fiszel
    November 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I served in the USMC December 1959 – December 1963. I did not serve to make America a safe haven for terrorists who hate America and everything it stands for. Nor did I elect my non-representative representatives in Washington, DC, to do so. The terrorists do not belong here nor do any of our non-representative representatives in Washington, DC, belong there or here if they enable this. To bring the terrorists here is to desecrate our country.

  21. bob kelly
    November 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I am A retired Firefighter from FL.I lost 343 Brothers on 9/11
    & t5he way the President is handling everything wrong I think he needs to handle this the way it should be. AS A WAR CRIME.

  22. Robert K. Dahlen
    November 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    In Memory of ….
    F.F. Brian E. Sweeney RES1CUE FDNY
    Lt. Ronnie E. Gies SQUAD 288 FDNY
    F.F. Joseph Hunter SQUAD 288 FDNY
    F.F. Andre Fletcher RES5CUE FDNY
    F.F. Kevin Prior SQUAD 252 FDNY

    And ALL of Those Who Lost Their Lives on 9~11~01

  23. Tim McGinn
    November 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I was a first responder that day and worked at Ground Zero for several months thereafter. The very idea of this change of venues makes me embarrassed to be an American and even though I do not support this attempt I feel an apology is due to all of those innocent lives that were lost that day and continue to be lost even now.

  24. MIKE MONDELLO
    November 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    FDNY RET. WORKED THE SIGHT, WITNESSED THE HORROR.

    ANY ONE INVOLVED HOWEVER MINOR SHOULD NEVER AGAIN SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY

  25. Siegfried Klammer
    November 7, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Retired firefighter who lost many friends.

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