"Any Nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure"
9/11 Responders Prayer
by widows: Greta Helmke &
Our hands were small, but together we did great things with them. We prayed we'd survive our painful illnesses. Hoped we could always play with our children and held fast to our loved ones hands so we would not fall. When we could no longer stand and were so afraid to die our hearts were not heavy because you looked upon us as heroes. We were humble and brave and laid down our lives to protect you and our nation. Always remember our courage! Always remember us!
With the thought of each tomorrow
Still lingering in their head,
They lay their thoughts down for the night
To seek rest for what lays ahead
The tangled steel—the iron cold beams
Still haunt them through the night
But they must rest their body
For to continue the valiant fight
They toss and turn and do not sleep
Because their brethren died young
They were stolen from the life they had
On the day of 911.
But, tomorrow is another day
And rest they must tonight
May God bless and watch them over
And tomorrow continue to do the right.
They represent all those that lost
The battle with their health
They did what they were trained to do
Without any thought of self.
This story does not end
With justice for the right
But, it instead goes on and on
And continues to be played each night
But someday this story will play a very different tune
And it will come not any time to those who need it soon
For justice is the right path for each and every one
It is time to know they need to honor---every American son!
Ann Marie Baumann
FealGood Foundation Sr. Vice President
‘First Responder Alliance’/’Tuesday’s Children’ Outreach Coordinator
When you’re blessed in life to find the love of your life, you’re blessed. Like the old saying ‘if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.’ Ann Marie isn’t Irish, but does know how lucky she is that on September 11th, when the sky was falling on her husband, Police Officer Chris Baumann, he wasn’t taken from her. On that day he eventually came up the walk and through her door and into her arms. He was injured in ways medical doctors don’t write about, and trauma teams can’t prepare their best medics for. Post-traumatic stress is a physical ailment and the 9/11 community knows that too well.
Ann Marie is the proud mother of two wonderful children whom she cherishes with her heart and nurtures with her hands. She makes sure they know their Dad is a Hero and needs their love, and their understanding.
9/11 brought drama to a Responder’s family, but when your family is lucky enough to have Ann Marie, your family is lucky enough.
Ann Marie’s knowledge and experience brings a tremendous asset to the 911 Responders Remembered Park, Inc. committee. She knows it, she lives it and she fights it with all her being. In addition to her valued service with this Board Ann Marie is the ‘First Responder Alliance - Tuesday’s Children’ Outreach Coordinator and Senior Vice President of the FealGood Foundation.
Ann Marie and her family live in Suffolk County.
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Vice President, FealGood Foundation
Our Sgt At Arms is a retired 20 year member of the NYPD. He served 16 of his 20 years in the NYPD Emergency Unit (ESU). ESU is the NYPD'S SWAT team and rescue unit. During his tenure in ESU Glen was trained and certified in many areas of tactics and rescue work including hostage negotiation, heavy weapons, Haz Mat (specialist level), SCUBA rescue, structure and building collapse technical rescue and several other certifications. Glen was also a PBA union delegate for 15 years. Glen responded to the WTC on the morning of 9/11 just before the collapse of the second tower. That afternoon Glen learned that 23 of his NYPD colleagues were in the towers and were missing after the collapse. 14 of the 23 officers were his brother officers from ESU. Because of their intense training Glen did not give up hope that they would be found alive until about ten days into the search and rescue mission. Glen was part of NYC s FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 and worked approximately 800 hours at Ground Zero. Glen retired from the NYPD in 2003 because of medical issues related to 9/11. Glen is also the V.P. and director of Police Personnel for the FealGood Foundation and finds it not only rewarding but therapeutic to help other sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors. He also considers it a true honor to serve as the Sgt At Arms for the Responders Remembered park committee. Glen is married to Carole Capparelli-Klein a Nurse Practitioner who donated a kidney to Joe Wittleder a sick ESU officer who also served hundreds of hours at GZ. Glen has 3 children, his daughter Paige (21), his son Brenden (19) and his son Evan (6). Glen lives in Centereach Long Island and enjoys boating, SCUBA diving, martial arts and watching football.
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Subject Matter Expert
Sgt. At Arms
911 Responders Remembered Park, Inc
9/11 Responder Trustees
Errol Toulon, Jr.
James T. Ryder
9/11 Widow Trustees
Leg. John M. Kennedy
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A 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Charitable Corporation
On Sept 11th 2001 our great nation witnessed the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. 2,751 innocent lives were lost that horrific day to senseless violence. The resolve and testament of the American people was tested. From the ashes of devastation and carnage rose heroes. Men and woman,uniform and non uniform who risked their lives without predigest. These brave souls gave of themselves until their mission and their only mission was completed. To recover the remains of those lost during our darkest hours.
Years have passed since those two towers have vanished from our eyes and memories,but 9/11 and it's aftermath lives on slowly killing these amazing heroes with its toxic soup that formed a mushroom over our great city. In its path hundreds have died and many more will follow. Wife's became widows,husband became widowers. Children grew up with one parent wondering why daddy or mommy are no longer here.
With time we will be able to tell these children of their parents heroic actions because a group of concerned local residents,widows,9/11 responders and volunteers came together with a vision. A vision to build the first ever 9/11 Responder Remembrance Park dedicated to these selfless heroes. This park is privately funded by the compassion and generosity of the great citizens of Nesconset and surrounding towns on Long Island. We implore you all to come visit our park on 9/11/10 and join us in unveiling our one time vision into fruition. God bless all those we lost, and God bless America.
9/11 Responders Remembered Walk - Fotomundo - Click Here
Groundbreaking held for 9/11 first responders memorial in Suffolk - News12 - Click Here
9/11 memorial breaks ground in Nesconset - Newsday - Click Here
OUR WALL NAME POLICY
The pure mission of the 911 Responders Remembered Park, Inc.
Board is to build a park that will honor and recognize the heroes who have died,
and continue to die since September 11th. The many monuments, memorials and
other parks that recognize the heroes who died on September 11th have a clear
mission as well. While we respect the rectitude of all who proudly ran toward
the flames on September 11th, our unique and one-of-a-kind wall will only list
the heroes we've described herein because we do believe they too need individual
The date for the unveiling of the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park Wall names to be announced soon!