Mets visit families of police slain on 9/11

By Zach Braziller New York Post

Jacob deGrom, John Franco (from left) and Daniel Murphy (far right) visit with the family of James Leahy, a member of the 6th precinct in the towers who was killed on September 11, 2001.Photo: Courtesy of NY Mets

Jacob deGrom, John Franco (from left) and Daniel Murphy (far right) visit with the family of James Leahy, a member of the 6th precinct in the towers who was killed on September 11, 2001.Photo: Courtesy of NY Mets

Thirteen years ago, the Mets led the charge in helping New York City recover from the World Trade Center attacks.

They haven’t forgotten about that tragic day.

Jacob deGrom, Daniel Murphy and former Mets closer John Franco spent the day Thursday at 1 Police Plaza, meeting with the families of the 23 NYPD officers who died on September 11, 2001.

After the families gathered in lower Manhattan to hear read aloud the names of all those killed when the towers fell and mourn those lost, the current and former Mets chatted with the families, signed autographs and posed for photos.

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9/11 survivor recalls the horror

By Carlos E. Medina Ocala Star Banner

Valecia Parker was sitting in her cubicle in the Pentagon 13 years ago when she thought an earthquake had hit.

That was the last thing she remembers from the day American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Her memories don’t start again until two days later when she awoke to her new reality.

She suffered a serious brain injury as well as burns and torn ligaments.

“I went from being 48 to being 2. I had to relearn everything: Going to the bathroom, eating, walking, talking. Everything,” Parker said.

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A 9/11 ‘Miracle’ for Family of Fallen Firefighter

By Murray Weiss DNA Info

Michael Boyle, a city firefighter who died on 9/11, and his niece, Amanda. Mary Lynch

Michael Boyle, a city firefighter who died on 9/11, and his niece, Amanda. Mary Lynch

NEW YORK CITY — James Boyle’s son, Michael, was a New York City firefighter who died on September 11, 2001.

The memory of his son weighed on his heart so heavily in the years since the terror attack that Boyle, 75, a former firefighter union president, never thought there would be a day when another event would budge it.

But that day came this summer when Boyle received a call that his granddaughter, Amanda, was seriously hurt when she fell and hit her head in a playground. The 17-year-old child of one of Boyle’s daughters had trauma to her skull and brain. Three days later, she suffered a seizure and her heart stopped beating while she was in the hospital.

She was literally dead for nearly four minutes before doctors were able to jolt her back to life, albeit in a coma.

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