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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9/11 responders with rare cancer denied insurance coverage

Stephanie Smith, CNN

John Meyers remembers standing at ground zero, feeling like a small speck amid mountains of debris.

“Everything was pulverized,” said Meyers, a former New York police officer and first-responder who provided security after the September 11 terror attacks. “It was nothing but dust.”

family photo of  John Meyer

family photo of John Meyer

For 20 days, during 14-hour shifts, Meyers breathed in countless chemicals; he even ate meals on site as the dust hovered.

Most of that time, he did not wear a mask. In retrospect, he said, “We were ingesting whole buildings.” Read More »

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At Postcards memorial in St. George, a solemn tribute to 9/11 victims

By Mira Wassef Staten Island Advance

The sun sets behind the 9-11 Postcards Memorial on the St. George Esplanade during the annual September 11 memorial ceremony for Staten Island victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks in lower Manhattan. Thursday September 11, 2014. (Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo)

The sun sets behind the 9-11 Postcards Memorial on the St. George Esplanade during the annual September 11 memorial ceremony for Staten Island victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks in lower Manhattan. Thursday September 11, 2014. (Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo)

7:54 p.m.: The emotional evening concluded with the rose ceremony. Several members of the FDNY, city officials and family members placed a single rose on the Postcards memorial as a tribute to loved ones.

De Blasio, Oddo, Ms. James and Ms. Mark-Viverito also participated.

Rep. Michael Grimm also placed a rose and made the sign of the cross.

7:43 p.m.: A moment of silence for reflection and remembrance preceded Bishop Victor Brown’s benediction. Rev. Brown is from Mount Sinai United Christian Church.

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