9/11 aftermath — firefighter victim identified 18 years later

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While some members of the Democratic Party have dismissed 9/11 as little more than a day where “some people did something,” the impact of that fateful day continues to be felt today, as the nation marks the 18th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in U.S. history.

Nearly two decades later, families are still coming to terms with events.

Early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, nineteen militants from the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial jetliners and turned them into weapons to attack New York City and Washington, D.C., and caused extensive death and destruction — one of the flights crashed outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In all, nearly 3,000 people would lose their lives that morning, to include more than 400 brave police officers and firefighters in New York City, who rushed to the scene of the Twin Towers.

One of those firefighters was just laid to rest Tuesday, 18 years later, as his remains were recently identified.

Firefighter Michael Haub died in the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

Haub, whose shift at Ladder Co. 4 in midtown Manhattan was ending when the call came in, had a second memorial service Tuesday after a medical examiner identified his remains recovered from Ground Zero.

“We remember him and the 342 other firefighters who perished that fateful day, and will be forever grateful for the courage they showed,” the UFA said in a statement.

The firefighter was 31-years-old when he died and had two children, a 3-year-old son, Michael, and a 16 month old daughter, Kiersten.

It was reported that his little girl first said the word “Dada” on the day of her father’s death.

His wife has since remarried, but she told Newsday on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the pain never goes away.

“I’ll always love my first husband. He’s part of my life every single day. Some people say, ‘Oh, you moved on.’ I’m not moving on, it’s living,” she said. “We’re here to live, not to die, so I enjoy my life; but it’s very painful, especially raising two children who lost their father, especially in that way.”

While many in America, particularly the media, have moved on, the remains of only about 60% of the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center have been positively identified, CNN reported, citing the medical examiner’s office.

Two hundreds more firefighters have died since the attack, their deaths resulting from illnesses linked to their time working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack.

“It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center illness,” New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in July. “These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others. We will never forget them.”

Below is a moving tribute to the brave first responders who did their job that terrible day, answering the call to put service to their fellow man before their own lives.

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Tom Tillison


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