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Firefighting wasn’t Paul Keating’s first calli Firefighting wasn’t Paul Keating’s first calling. He bounced from job to job before entering the New York City Fire Department. But it became his passion. Keating, 38, was counted a hero even before Sept. 11. Soon after his 1995 graduation from the academy he rescued a drowning man from the ocean at Spring Lake, N.J. Known as “Paulie” by his comrades, Keating was stationed at Ladder Co. 5 in SoHo. He was in his apartment near the World Trade Center when the first plane hit Tower One, and didn’t hesitate to race to the scene.

We honor you, Paul Keating.

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Firefighting wasn’t Paul Keating’s first calling. He bounced from job to job before entering the New York City Fire Department. But it became his passion. Keating, 38, was counted a hero even before Sept. 11. Soon after his 1995 graduation from the academy he rescued a drowning man from the ocean at Spring Lake, N.J. Known as “Paulie” by his comrades, Keating was stationed at Ladder Co. 5 in SoHo. He was in his apartment near the World Trade Center when the first plane hit Tower One, and didn’t hesitate to race to the scene.

We honor you, Paul Keating.

#Repost @http://bravestmemorial.net/html/members/keating_paul_fr_l005.html

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Meet Lane Harper, Executive Director of the Power Meet Lane Harper, Executive Director of the Power of Life Foundation in Birmingham, AL.

Harper is a critically acclaimed actor in an off-Broadway stage play, and the movie “Justice on Trial: The Movie,” where he portrays civil rights activist, Medgar Evers. Harper’s main passion is giving back. He attended Alabama State University majoring in Criminal Justice. Harper holds a Black Belt in Karate, teaches self-defense classes and provides security training to law enforcement organizations and private entities around the country. Harper is currently a police officer and serves as an Instructor/Trainer for the Birmingham Police Department. He has served in the law enforcement field for over 20 years. 

After years of funding his own acts of service, Harper created The Power of Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to expand his mission to provide basic human needs to people who are in need nationwide. The Power of Life Foundation services those in need of help with housing, food, clothing/shoes, disaster relief and youth development.
Since the pandemic began, the Foundation’s mission has been converted to a new life saving initiative, “It’s COOL to be Covered.” This initiative hosts Drive Thru Free Face Mask & Free Food Giveaway events aimed at encouraging the youth and the public to wear face masks while in public, to help reduce the spread of the virus in their surrounding community.

To date the Foundation has given away more than 100,000 free reusable cloth face masks and over 120,000 pounds of food across the southeast United States.

Harper has been recognized for his works and his Foundation’s efforts by several media outlets for his acts of kindness and support in the community. In November 2019, Lane Harper received the Wettermark Keith First Responder Hero Award. In 2020, he received a COVID-19 Hero Award.

We honor you, Lane Harper.

#Submission by: Teresa Berger.

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Meet Lane Harper, Executive Director of the Power of Life Foundation in Birmingham, AL.

Harper is a critically acclaimed actor in an off-Broadway stage play, and the movie “Justice on Trial: The Movie,” where he portrays civil rights activist, Medgar Evers. Harper’s main passion is giving back. He attended Alabama State University majoring in Criminal Justice. Harper holds a Black Belt in Karate, teaches self-defense classes and provides security training to law enforcement organizations and private entities around the country. Harper is currently a police officer and serves as an Instructor/Trainer for the Birmingham Police Department. He has served in the law enforcement field for over 20 years.

After years of funding his own acts of service, Harper created The Power of Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to expand his mission to provide basic human needs to people who are in need nationwide. The Power of Life Foundation services those in need of help with housing, food, clothing/shoes, disaster relief and youth development.
Since the pandemic began, the Foundation’s mission has been converted to a new life saving initiative, “It’s COOL to be Covered.” This initiative hosts Drive Thru Free Face Mask & Free Food Giveaway events aimed at encouraging the youth and the public to wear face masks while in public, to help reduce the spread of the virus in their surrounding community.

To date the Foundation has given away more than 100,000 free reusable cloth face masks and over 120,000 pounds of food across the southeast United States.

Harper has been recognized for his works and his Foundation’s efforts by several media outlets for his acts of kindness and support in the community. In November 2019, Lane Harper received the Wettermark Keith First Responder Hero Award. In 2020, he received a COVID-19 Hero Award.

We honor you, Lane Harper.

#Submission by: Teresa Berger.

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Allan Tarasiewicz, FDNY, Rescue 5, was killed on Allan Tarasiewicz, FDNY, Rescue 5,  was killed on September 11, 2001. 

At 5 feet, 6 inches, Allan Tarasiewicz, 45, was the shortest man in Staten Island’s Rescue Co. 5, so short the rest of the guys built him a little booster step so he could climb into the rig. Plus, that name – who could pronounce it? They gave up and called him “Taz.” But if Taz took a lot of teasing, he dished it right back, said Patricia Tarasiewicz, his wife of 24 years.

Her favorite revenge story was the time he prepared chicken cutlets for everyone in the firehouse. When one of the men complained about how tough his was, he found out he was eating a breaded, fried, dirty old sponge. “He was the crazy man of the firehouse,” his wife said with satisfaction.

A Navy man’s daughter, she fell in love at first sight when she spotted the young Marine at a base in Italy and decided he was the sexiest man she’d ever seen. She wed him soon after in a military ceremony at Governor’s Island, and had his two kids, Allan Jr., now 23, and Melissa, 20. She followed him to jobs in California and Colorado before he landed with the fire department 11 years ago. His wife says the men of Rescue 5 were always very close.

When the fire department called on Sept. 10 to inform Allan Tarasiewicz that he had to work the next day — a day he planned to stay home — the Staten Island resident accepted the news. Getting calls for mandatory overtime was just part of being a firefighter. When not on duty, Tarasiewicz, a former Marine, also enjoyed scuba diving.

We honor you, Allan Tarasiewicz. 

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Allan Tarasiewicz, FDNY, Rescue 5, was killed on September 11, 2001.

At 5 feet, 6 inches, Allan Tarasiewicz, 45, was the shortest man in Staten Island’s Rescue Co. 5, so short the rest of the guys built him a little booster step so he could climb into the rig. Plus, that name – who could pronounce it? They gave up and called him “Taz.” But if Taz took a lot of teasing, he dished it right back, said Patricia Tarasiewicz, his wife of 24 years.

Her favorite revenge story was the time he prepared chicken cutlets for everyone in the firehouse. When one of the men complained about how tough his was, he found out he was eating a breaded, fried, dirty old sponge. “He was the crazy man of the firehouse,” his wife said with satisfaction.

A Navy man’s daughter, she fell in love at first sight when she spotted the young Marine at a base in Italy and decided he was the sexiest man she’d ever seen. She wed him soon after in a military ceremony at Governor’s Island, and had his two kids, Allan Jr., now 23, and Melissa, 20. She followed him to jobs in California and Colorado before he landed with the fire department 11 years ago. His wife says the men of Rescue 5 were always very close.

When the fire department called on Sept. 10 to inform Allan Tarasiewicz that he had to work the next day — a day he planned to stay home — the Staten Island resident accepted the news. Getting calls for mandatory overtime was just part of being a firefighter. When not on duty, Tarasiewicz, a former Marine, also enjoyed scuba diving.

We honor you, Allan Tarasiewicz.

#Repost @https://wodwell.com/wod/allan-tarasiewicz/

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Captain America. That's what Tina Bilcher called h Captain America. That's what Tina Bilcher called her husband, Brian, a firefighter at Squad Company 1 in Brooklyn.

Firefighter Bilcher, 37, was a lot like the patriotic comic book superhero: calm, reasonable, good-looking and quick to the rescue of anyone who needed help.

Car stuck on the side of the road? There was Firefighter Bilcher. Feeling sick? Like a flash, Firefighter Bilcher was at your bedside. The man liked his adrenaline rushes, said his wife. "He once jumped off a lighthouse into the ocean," said Mrs. Bilcher. He even got her to jump with him.

She says now that she did it for love -- "I wanted to impress him."

A strapping 6 feet, 240 pounds, Firefighter Bilcher was working part-time as a bouncer at Coaches Cafe in Staten Island six years ago when Tina, two weeks shy of 21, showed up. He refused to let her in. He told her to come back in two weeks. She did. They talked. They were married June 4, 2000, in Staten Island. The wedding pictures show the twin towers in the background. 

Grant James Bilcher was born Aug. 29. The couple named him Grant because he was a grant from God. "Brian always wanted a boy," his wife said. 

We honor you, Brian Bilcher.

#Repost @https://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/15/national/portraits/brian-bilcher-always-to-the-rescue.html 
Photo @https://www.fireengineering.com/gallery/334044/343-a-tribute-to-the-fallen-firefighters-of-9-11/ 

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Captain America. That's what Tina Bilcher called her husband, Brian, a firefighter at Squad Company 1 in Brooklyn.

Firefighter Bilcher, 37, was a lot like the patriotic comic book superhero: calm, reasonable, good-looking and quick to the rescue of anyone who needed help.

Car stuck on the side of the road? There was Firefighter Bilcher. Feeling sick? Like a flash, Firefighter Bilcher was at your bedside. The man liked his adrenaline rushes, said his wife. "He once jumped off a lighthouse into the ocean," said Mrs. Bilcher. He even got her to jump with him.

She says now that she did it for love -- "I wanted to impress him."

A strapping 6 feet, 240 pounds, Firefighter Bilcher was working part-time as a bouncer at Coaches Cafe in Staten Island six years ago when Tina, two weeks shy of 21, showed up. He refused to let her in. He told her to come back in two weeks. She did. They talked. They were married June 4, 2000, in Staten Island. The wedding pictures show the twin towers in the background.

Grant James Bilcher was born Aug. 29. The couple named him Grant because he was a grant from God. "Brian always wanted a boy," his wife said.

We honor you, Brian Bilcher.

#Repost @https://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/15/national/portraits/brian-bilcher-always-to-the-rescue.html
Photo @https://www.fireengineering.com/gallery/334044/343-a-tribute-to-the-fallen-firefighters-of-9-11/

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Captain Kathy Mazza, forty-six, was the first fema Captain Kathy Mazza, forty-six, was the first female commanding officer of the Port Authority Police Academy. On September 11, she joined her colleagues at the scene. When there was a bottleneck of people at the revolving doors in the North Tower, she shot out the floor-to-ceiling glass walls on the mezzanine. Her action allowed hundreds of people to escape. She was last seen with Lieutenant Robert Cirri as they were helping carry a woman down the stairs when the building collapsed.

Captain Mazza grew up in Massapequa, New York, with 3 brothers. After she graduated from Nassau Comm. College, she was an operating room nurse at two New York hospitals. In 1987, after ten years of working as a cardiothoracic nurse in the operating room, she enrolled in the Port Authority Police Academy. She patrolled JFK Airport for a year, worked in the central police pool for one year, then returned to JFK Airport for the next six years. She was promoted to sergeant in 1994 and was assigned to the Police Academy for three years and was promoted to lieutenant in December 1998 while at the academy. Her next assignment was the Staten Island Bridges/New Jersey Marine Terminals command. In April 2000 she became one of only two female captains in the Port Authority, which at the time had fourteen male captains.

In 1992, she had open-heart surgery to correct a quarter-size hole. A year later, she saved her mother’s life by recognizing what her mother’s chest pains meant – that her arteries were blocked.

During her career with the Port Authority, she supervised the agency’s first-aid programs and certified first responder and EMT training....The training program she initiated in 1997 for six hundred officers to use defibrillators in airports has saved at least thirteen lives.

We honor you, Kathy Mazza.

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Captain Kathy Mazza, forty-six, was the first female commanding officer of the Port Authority Police Academy. On September 11, she joined her colleagues at the scene. When there was a bottleneck of people at the revolving doors in the North Tower, she shot out the floor-to-ceiling glass walls on the mezzanine. Her action allowed hundreds of people to escape. She was last seen with Lieutenant Robert Cirri as they were helping carry a woman down the stairs when the building collapsed.

Captain Mazza grew up in Massapequa, New York, with 3 brothers. After she graduated from Nassau Comm. College, she was an operating room nurse at two New York hospitals. In 1987, after ten years of working as a cardiothoracic nurse in the operating room, she enrolled in the Port Authority Police Academy. She patrolled JFK Airport for a year, worked in the central police pool for one year, then returned to JFK Airport for the next six years. She was promoted to sergeant in 1994 and was assigned to the Police Academy for three years and was promoted to lieutenant in December 1998 while at the academy. Her next assignment was the Staten Island Bridges/New Jersey Marine Terminals command. In April 2000 she became one of only two female captains in the Port Authority, which at the time had fourteen male captains.

In 1992, she had open-heart surgery to correct a quarter-size hole. A year later, she saved her mother’s life by recognizing what her mother’s chest pains meant – that her arteries were blocked.

During her career with the Port Authority, she supervised the agency’s first-aid programs and certified first responder and EMT training....The training program she initiated in 1997 for six hundred officers to use defibrillators in airports has saved at least thirteen lives.

We honor you, Kathy Mazza.

#Repost @https://papba.org/fallen-officers/captain-kathy-n-mazza/

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Peter L. Freund was a firefighter and a stargazer. Peter L. Freund was a firefighter and a stargazer.

He built an observatory, a 10-by-10-foot wooden cube, in his backyard in Westtown, N.Y., and would look at the stars through a telescope mounted on a piece of sewer pipe. In the summer his wife, Robin, would often join him.

"But there were some winter nights when I'd sit inside with my woolens on," Mrs. Freund said, laughing. "I'd say, `Take a picture of it, show me later.'"

When her husband wanted to see a major eclipse, she was worried, though: one of the trees in the yard was directly in front of the eclipse. "I thought I was going to lose a pine tree," she said. But Mr. Freund spared it.

Mr. Freund, 45, a lieutenant with Engine Company 55 in Little Italy, "always followed his own interests," said Arne Francis, a high school classmate. He recalled that Mr. Freund took up windsurfing in the early 1980's before it was popular. He would vanish for hours at a time, Mr. Francis said.

"I'd go, `Pete, where the hell were you?' He'd say, `I was out by Buoy 20.' And I'd say, `Pete, there are ocean liners and tankers that go by there. Be careful,' " Mr. Francis said. "What he was into, he just put his whole soul into."

We honor you, Peter Freund.

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Peter L. Freund was a firefighter and a stargazer.

He built an observatory, a 10-by-10-foot wooden cube, in his backyard in Westtown, N.Y., and would look at the stars through a telescope mounted on a piece of sewer pipe. In the summer his wife, Robin, would often join him.

"But there were some winter nights when I'd sit inside with my woolens on," Mrs. Freund said, laughing. "I'd say, `Take a picture of it, show me later.'"

When her husband wanted to see a major eclipse, she was worried, though: one of the trees in the yard was directly in front of the eclipse. "I thought I was going to lose a pine tree," she said. But Mr. Freund spared it.

Mr. Freund, 45, a lieutenant with Engine Company 55 in Little Italy, "always followed his own interests," said Arne Francis, a high school classmate. He recalled that Mr. Freund took up windsurfing in the early 1980's before it was popular. He would vanish for hours at a time, Mr. Francis said.

"I'd go, `Pete, where the hell were you?' He'd say, `I was out by Buoy 20.' And I'd say, `Pete, there are ocean liners and tankers that go by there. Be careful,' " Mr. Francis said. "What he was into, he just put his whole soul into."

We honor you, Peter Freund.

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Every time we offload the exhibit, miraculous thin Every time we offload the exhibit, miraculous things happen. 

Yesterday, The Other Side Academy students were the first Americans to see the exhibit outside of the boxes with Team Honor365.  It is an experience we will all never forget because of what we saw and felt. 

We love that the exhibit is educating, healing, and uniting people each step of its journey. 

Daan van der Steijn was able to meet everyone via WhatsApp, speak with a local firefighter, and see his creation unveiled in a secured location. 

Thank you to those who volunteered to be a part of something that is so special to all of us. 

#honor365 #rememberingtheone #rememberingthemall #WTC #September11 #fallenheronetwork #ushonorflag #redroofinn #psitops #osustrive #FDNY #NYPD #PortAuthority #theothersideacademy

Every time we offload the exhibit, miraculous things happen.

Yesterday, The Other Side Academy students were the first Americans to see the exhibit outside of the boxes with Team Honor365. It is an experience we will all never forget because of what we saw and felt.

We love that the exhibit is educating, healing, and uniting people each step of its journey.

Daan van der Steijn was able to meet everyone via WhatsApp, speak with a local firefighter, and see his creation unveiled in a secured location.

Thank you to those who volunteered to be a part of something that is so special to all of us.

#honor365 #rememberingtheone #rememberingthemall #WTC #September11 #fallenheronetwork #ushonorflag #redroofinn #psitops #osustrive #FDNY #NYPD #PortAuthority #theothersideacademy
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Bud Kiefer doesn't know exactly how it started.

It may have begun when Michael was 3. On weekends while his wife worked, Kiefer kept his son entertained by taking him to the local firehouse. "Maybe that stuck," he mused recently. "I think it's just something that's in you, it's just part of your makeup. This was all he ever talked about."

Whatever the origin, Michael Kiefer was crazy about firefighting. Growing up, the boy would set up imaginary fire scenes on his Franklin Square block, enlisting his younger sister, Lauren, as his probationary firefighter. He drew "FDNY" on all his schoolbooks and read firefighting manuals for fun.

When he was old enough to ride a bike, Michael would chase fires he heard about over a police scanner. At least once, a police officer had to escort him home when a fire took the boy into a rough neighborhood.

After working as a paramedic for about a year and a half, he took the exam to become a firefighter.

"By this time, he's been studying all his life," his father said. "Every book he had in his bedroom has something to do with the fire department."

Kiefer scored 100 percent on both the physical and written exams. In December 2000, Kiefer became a "probie," or probationary firefighter, and joined the Engine Co. 280/Ladder Co. 132 firehouse in Crown Heights. It was a dream assignment, his father said. "He knew he wanted to go to Brooklyn. That was where all the action was."

As Kiefer headed toward the burning World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, many pieces of his life were coming together.

We honor you, Michael Kiefer.

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Honor365 is honoring and remembering those directl Honor365 is honoring and remembering those directly impacted by September 11, 2001 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary this year.  From 9/11/20 through 9/11/2021 we invite you to never forget by reading the stories about amazing individuals that we have posted about on our Honor365 Facebook, Instagram, and website.  We are always “Remembering the One, Remembering Them All.” #honor365 #rememberingtheone #rememberingtheonerememberingthemall #veteran #firstresponder #fallenhero #September11 #WTC #NYPD #FDNY
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