Small decision, profound impact: September 11 survivor Joe Dittmar to speak at Catholic Men’s Conference

South Tower survivor Joseph Dittmar is one of the speakers scheduled for the 17th annual Catholic Men’s Conference, on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, reports Steven H. Foskett, Jr. in the Telegram & Gazette.

Mr. Dittmar says his talk will focus on the importance of making good critical decisions and to prioritize the important things in life. On September 11, 2001, he was attending a meeting on the 105th floor of the South Tower when the North Tower was hit. Attendees at the meeting were unaware of the seriousness of the situation and were hesitant to leave. Dittmar had traveled to NYC for the meeting and was irritated by what seemed like an inconvenience, but he decided to evacuate.

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Sick FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer gets wish to lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Ray Pfeifer, who is battling stage-4 World Trade Center-related cancer fought for the renewal of Zadroga Act, travelling to Washington DC in a wheelchair. The Zadroga Act ensures health care for those survivors and rescue and recovery workers who are now sick from their time at the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Ray Pfeifer is now under hospice care.

Pfeifer has always wanted to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. He was able to do just that on March 10, 2017, reports FiOS1 News

“This is one of the things I always wanted to do. I always wanted to come down to Arlington pay tribute to the veterans,” Pfeifer said.

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Wake for NYPD Sergeant Terrence O’Hara who died from 9/11-related cancer

NYPD Sergeant Terrence O’Hara died of 9/11-related cancer several. His death was not the only 9/11-related death this week reports Cecilia Dowd of FIOS1.

State Trooper Brian Falb, NYPD Officer Scott Rabiner, NYPD Officer Andrew Lewis, NYPD Officer Michael Hance, and Detective Anthony Angotti have also died from illnesses related to their work at the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Sgt. O’Hara leaves a wife and two children.

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