Tuesday, September 12, 2017

9-11 Commemoration McHenry, Illinois-- Part 2: The Saga of Joe Torrillo

The police chief and fire chief of McHenry both got up and spoke of people who were there in New York City that day.

The fire chief spoke of Joe Torrillo who was a 25-year-old lieutenant in the New York Fire Department that day.  He is now retired on disability from injuries sustained that day, but very lucky to be alive as he was in the first tower to collapse at the World Trade Center.

He was in Engine Co. #10, across from the World Trade Center and involved in rescue operations when the first tower collapsed at 9:58, ET.  He was buried alive and had a fractured skull, broken ribs, broken arm, crushed spine and had heavy internal bleeding.  Somehow he survived and was taken outside to a boat in the Hudson River.  When the second tower came down, he was buried again.

The chorus then sand several songs and a 21-gun salute was fired as well as the fire bell rung.

A very moving ceremony.

Something never to Forget.

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