My FDNY son’s death on 9/11 was more than just ‘something’

Retired FDNY Deputy Chief and September 11th family member Jim Riches wrote the following op/ed piece in the New York Post.

What Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said about September 11 was disgraceful.

She dismissed thousands of people being murdered like it was an everyday occurrence when she said “some people did something.”

On 9/11/01 my son, firefighter Jimmy Riches was murdered along with close to 3,000 American citizens by Muslim terrorists.

I rushed to Engine 4 in Lower Manhattan when I heard what was happening. That’s where my son worked.

As I came over the Brooklyn Bridge, the towers had both already fallen. All the rigs at the firehouse were gone, so I knew they were all at the World Trade Center.

When I got there, I saw the death and destruction — people lying there dead and mangled.

We picked up the bodies and saw how gruesome it was. Those people died a horrible death.

We were there for 9 months picking up body parts, pieces.

We found my son’s body six months later, March 5, 2002. He was at the North Tower. We got to bury him.

People talk about closure, but that’s not closure. I’ll never get closure until my son walks through that door again.

It was the worst day for me, to lose my son and all those other people. They went to work that day to help people and they ended up murdered.

My son died doing his job, helping others in distress. The American public said NEVER FORGET 9/11!

Now, we have people who were working down there getting sick and dying. It hasn’t ended.

I think Omar owes an apology to America. She owes an apology to the families. Maybe she should talk to some of them — maybe they could open her eyes.

There’s still 1,000 bodies that have never been recovered. It’s very sad that she could make such light of it.

She came here from Somalia. She was educated here. We took care of her. And now she’s saying 911 was nothing?

Until the time that you realize the importance of 9/11 as the worst day in American history, I call for your removal from Congress.

Deputy Chief Jim Riches FDNY, retired.
Father of firefighter Jimmy Riches, FDNY Engine 4
Rest In Peace

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