September 11, 2001 will forever be engrained in our minds. Just as those who lived through D-Day and Pearl Harbor or the assassination of JFK and MLK, you will always remember the emotional journey that day and the many days preceding it.
Tragedies of this magnitude resurface a well of emotions. With our shared grief also comes memories of the outpour of love that followed within our country and around the world. That sense of support and togetherness are strong and uplifting feelings hold close each year as we all remember those lost and the heroes that came to humanity’s aide on 09/11.
For those of us in the nursing and medical industry, there are 11 specific individuals many of us take a moment to honor. We encourage all who read this to take an 11-second moment of silence to remember their lives and the lives of those who loved them.
A highly accomplished nurse who spoke six languages and loved gardening and reading, Bolourchi was a 69-year-old retired nurse flying home to Los Angeles aboard United Airlines Flight 175 after visiting one of her children in Boston.
Bravo began her medical career in oncology and was an occupational health nurse working on the 94th floor of the World Trade Center. This 50-year-old NYC native had just returned from week-long vacation the day the Towers fell. She loved cooking, world travel and foreign films.
This 47-year-old NYC fire marshal was part of a rescue team who reached the South Tower’s 78th floor to help victims escape the building according to a recovered recording of the event. Bucca was an LPN with several additional degrees ranging from occupational health to public safety. He was also the recipient of five bravery citations.
Buck graduated nursing school at the top of his class and second in fire academy class. An accomplished woodworker and classical pianist, this 37-year-old NYC firefighter went in to rescue South Tower victims 10 minutes before it collapsed.
Egan was a 55-year-old nurse epidemiologist from Canada visiting her brother on the 105th floor of the Trade Center the day they went down. She had a PhD in community health services and was well-known for her warmth, energy and infectious smile.
This 40-year-old medical software marketing manager was aboard American Airlines Flight 11 on a business trip to the West Coast. She was previously a registered nurse dedicated to high-quality patient care.
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Gibbon was a 17-year occupational health registered nurse at an insurance company before switching gears and rising to the ranks of senior vice president at Aon Corporation. The 43-year-old was leading a meeting on the South Tower’s 105th floor during the attack.
Despite being on light duty due to an injury, the 47-year-old NYC fire fighter lieutenant rushed to the Towers with a fellow firefighter to aide rescue efforts. Guja was a registered nurse and well-loved by all who worked alongside him.
This 44-year-old police officer held a nursing degree and was found in the Tower alongside fellow rescue police officers. He was also an emergency medical technician who helped coordinate the introduction of heart defibrillators at Newark International Airport. Huczko earned several citations for exemplary police work, including a valor award for actions taken during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
A former cardiothoracic surgery nurse, 46-year-old Mazza was a police captain and training academy commanding officer. She attempted to aide rescue efforts by shooting out lobby windows as escape routes. She was found five months after the Towers fell, and in her last moments, she was attempting to help a woman stuck in a rescue chair escape.
Mullan was a 34-year-old NYC firefighter following in his parents’ footsteps as a nurse and Army Reserves captain. He was working to rescue fellow firefighters from the hotel adjacent to the South Tower. The Joint Task Force-Civil Support dedicated its Ft. Eustis headquarters in Virginia in his memory.