Letters from Our Friends
Dear Father Gruner and
Ever since the doors to our firehouse in Manhattan opened in 1881, the firefighters have witnessed many interesting and sometimes tragic events. The old horse-drawn, steam powered pumper has been replaced by a powerful diesel engine. A modern computer assisted dispatch system has pushed aside the antiquated telegraph technology. Through war and peace, depression and boom, we firefighters have responded to what we thought was every conceivable type of fire and emergency.
On September 11, 2001, our firefighters, along with numerous other units of the New York Fire Department responded to the horrific attack on the World Trade Center. That day we lost 343 of our brother firefighters, including one of our own.
There's an old saying which states, Time heals all wounds. In this case time has received much needed assistance from our fellow Americans, not only in New York, but from our entire nation. As we attempt to recover from this disaster we don't know if we'd have been strong enough to bear the unbearable sorrow had it not been for all the prayers, letters from school children, and support from all of you.
In the one-hundred-twenty years since our predecessors first raced up the street atop their horse-drawn fire engine, we firefighters have never witnessed such an outpouring of love and support as we have since September 11th. The Officers and Firefighters wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for all your prayers, thoughts and well-wishes. May God Bless you and may God Bless America.
Eternally grateful, An Engine Company, NY
P.S. Thank you so much for the kind letter, prayers and Scapulars you sent for our Firefighters. Your generosity and concern is much appreciated.
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