The Guy from Ladder 21

I’d like to introduce you to someone. His name is Benjamin Suarez, but his friends and family call him Benny.

I don’t know that much about Benny, to be honest. He was on the track team at his high school in Brooklyn. He was married, with 3 kids. And on September 11, 2001, he was working as a firefighter for the Ladder 21 Company in Manhattan.

I don’t know what was going through Benny’s head as he rushed to help people at the World Trade Center. My best guess is that he kept his mind focused on the task at hand. He would have been trained how to stay calm under pressure, and how to work with people who are in shock as the result of a life-threatening situation. The global magnitude of what was happening was probably not a major concern. Politics, religious fervor, and the aftermath of such an event would not be on his mind. According to his wife, there was only one thing he was thinking: he had to help the people.

Thank you, Benny, for your dedication and your courage. It’s people like you that remind us what’s really important: compassion for our fellow man.

The 2,996 Project features more than 3,000 bloggers posting tributes to those who died on September 11. Click the link in the right-hand column for more information, including a list of participating bloggers.

4 Replies to “The Guy from Ladder 21”

  1. Thank you for that, its was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I was personally affected by 9/11 and it warms my heart to see it not be forgotten.

  2. What a lovely tribute, Girl with Moxie. You brought Benny Suarez to life for me, and left me just a little sadder on this sad day. My heart goes out to His wife and three children.

    My tribute to Dinah Webster is now on my blog.

  3. A wonderful tribute on Benny Suarez. Thank you for taking the time to do this tribute on a 9/11 Hero.

    The 2,996 Tribute projects is such a great idea to remember those who lost their lives, that they won’t be forgotten. That was a horrible day and tragic event. I did a tribute to Chief Battalion William J. McGovern, firefighter.

    If anyone needs it, I have an alternate link as the 2,996 original link is down at the moment.

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