9 / 1 1

With the imminent release of the Movie Flight 93 later this month, our attention is being drawn once again to that fateful day almost five years ago.

To me, the heroism that was displayed on that day and immediately after represents the best that humanity can attain. Many tears were shed. Many tears are still being shed.

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We often forget this as we are speeding down the highway when we are late for work or a party or because we just don't think. Melissa, over at Jetting Through Life has felt this personally. Her husband is a Police Officer in a Cleveland suburb. One of her husband's fellow officers just stopped his car to help a motorist who lost a tire and crashed into the median of I-90. A truck slammed into him and now he is in a fight for his life.

You can read all about the details on Melissa's blog, which has just undergone a redesign and looks fantastic by the way, but folks, for God's sake! When there is an accident on the highway, when someone is pulled over on a shoulder, when emergency vehicles are blaring their sirens and flashing their lights as they race to help someone in need; or even if they are just stopped on the side of the road giving someone a ticket--PLEASE MOVE OVER TO THE NEXT LANE, SLOW DOWN, AND GIVE THEM THE SPACE THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS!

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Police Officers, State Troopers, Firefighters, EMTs and Ambulance Drivers. These men and women risk so many stupid injuries in their efforts to help you and me every ordinary day. And on extraordinary days when our entire nation is in need of life suport, such as after 9 / 1 1 or a disaster like Katrina; these are the people that we turn to the most to help us get through. We owe them everything we can do to help them do their jobs and to make their jobs safer to do--especially when we are racing down a highway somewhere.

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There are others heroes at work out there too, and they are engaged in work that most of us have never even heard of. Another consequence of us racing down highways is injured wildlife. We all see roadkill. We joke about roadkill. But sometimes I wonder whether or not it's cruel to joke about suffering animals.

Foothills Animal Rescue is a Wildlife Animal Rescue Unit founded in 1991 and operated by friends of mine, Tresa and John Adams.

Foothills Animal Rescue is a federally permitted volunteer group dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife encompassing the entire area of upstate South Carolina and part of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Although their focus is wildlife, they have never turned down any animal in need. They often take in exotics like ferrets, unwanted reptiles, and pet birds.

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They are proud members of our community who provide educational lectures, attend special events, and assist animals to the best of their ability.

9 / 1 1 is more than a date, it's more than a tragedy, it's more than a movie, and it's more than a symbol. To me, 9 / 1 1 is a call to honor our heroes. The ones we recognize, and the ones we aren't even aware of. Please think about this the next time you're speeding around that corner or passing a group of flashing lights on the highway.

Thanks for reading.

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Mr. Fabulous said...

Excellent post.

April 12, 2006 12:19 PM
michele said...

Well said matt!

April 12, 2006 5:39 PM
Ed Bacchus said...

Yes, very nicely put. I'm on the quest and stopped by to say, "Hi."

April 12, 2006 6:38 PM
Anonymous said...

The next clue is the letter "C".

The Quest Master

April 12, 2006 10:28 PM
ShutteredEye said...

Ha!! I should have come over to see what you've posted before I took your challenge. Nicely done!!

And I expect some sort of placard commemorating all the BE credits I've been donating to your blog through BotB!! LOL!!

April 12, 2006 10:34 PM
Dramedy Girl said...

Matt, I see you have been visited by the Quest Master! :o)

April 12, 2006 10:37 PM
Jetting Through Life said...

Matt-- Thank you for creating more awareness. I appreciate it. I honestly cried as this is still difficult. I had an FOP meeting tonight and we are donating money to help him and his family.

You are an amazing friend!


April 12, 2006 10:47 PM
ShutteredEye said...

Eh well, some say, "It's all about da Benjamins!"

I didn't have any of those, so Lincoln was the closest I could come.

And yes that's rook to Knight 4!

April 12, 2006 11:02 PM
ShutteredEye said...

Ahhh, you should have kept your eye on the bishop..........

April 12, 2006 11:11 PM
New York City's Watchdog said...

Powerful post. I'll even forgive the fact that you called EMTs by the most hated term ambulance drivers... but it is very very true that working on the side of the road is one of the things you learn to accept but hate the bejesus out of.

There are a lot of states who have legislation that would make it a violation and an offense not to move over... including here in NY... but if the constituents don't support it... it never gets passed. It's a shame because laws like that may prevent accidents like this.

Best wishes to the PO.

April 12, 2006 11:12 PM
ShutteredEye said...

Email address is shutteredeye @t h0tmai1 d0t c0m.

Name's Robert, nice to meet you!

April 12, 2006 11:26 PM
Carry said...

Hey there! Just gave you a shout out on my site. Keep up the active posting so my site visitors have a reason to click over :-)

April 13, 2006 1:15 PM
Soto said...

Hi Matt
Wonderful post. Very well said.
Thanks for bringing up this subject.
Just came from 'Jetting Through Life' and read about the police officer there as well.
Thought I would take a moment and go through the links from 'The Quest' and take a moment to really read what each blog is all about. But I of course already know your blog. Please feel free to stop by my corner of the web anytime you like.
See you on The Flip Side!

April 13, 2006 3:39 PM
Erin said...

I came from Mr. Fabulous' blog. Spectacular reminder of what's important. Thank you!

April 14, 2006 12:57 PM
threecollie said...

Happened upon your blog through a comment you left elsewhere. Great blog, I bookmarked you right away. I am looking forward to reading through your archives as time allows.

April 14, 2006 1:55 PM
kristarella said...

It's nice to see a bit of humanity shining through.

April 14, 2006 10:09 PM

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