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Special Sept. 11 Memorial Meeting, Sept. 10, 2002

Photos from the meeting

 

A large crowd turned out at the Sierra Madre Firehouse Tuesday morning for a special commemorative meeting held by the Sierra Madre Rotarians.  The meeting opened with patriotic songs, including the national anthem, performed by members of the LaSalle High School marching band. Speakers Dan Alle, Tammy Gates, Rob Stockly, Fire Chief Roger Lowe, and Police Chief Wayne Bailey all got up and shared their thoughts about the tragedies in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania a year ago.  Fire Marshall Rich Snyder gave a particularly moving talk about his reaction to the tragedies.  Edda Hutson, widow of recently passed Rotarian Ron Hutson, spoke briefly, sharing briefly about Ron's truck that Rotarians have used for their events for years, and which they had wanted to sell for some time, but were never able to because there was always a Rotary event coming up that would require its use by Rotary.  Edda announced that the truck had been sold, and that the proceeds from the sale of the truck were being donated to Rotary's Polio Plus program, so that Ron and his truck could continue to contribute to Rotary's fight against polio, even after their departure.  While all the speakers spoke eloquently of their thoughts and reactions in the wake of the tragedy, there is one quote from Rob Stockly that I would like to share.  He said that "Wisdom leads to inner strength.  I think the great lesson of the American reaction to the terrorist attacks was found in the simple, brave acts of ordinary people, reaching out to others to save lives, comfort the grief stricken, and rebuild hope."  Well said Rob.

 

The featured speaker was Rotarian Kevin Danni, who was on the 61st floor of the second tower to be hit by the commercial jetliners that were turned into weapons by the terrorists.  He spoke of seeing the results of the crash for the first time, and thinking that he was seeing confetti flying through the sky, similar to that he had seen at a NY parade just a couple days earlier, only to discover it was the paper from the offices falling down to earth after the impact.  He spoke of the amazing reaction that the people of the building, and the infectious desire to help, as he observed the other people in the stairwells, all reaching out to help those who had fallen, or were overwhelmed, instead of the mass hysteria one might expect in that situation.  He spoke of the kindness of a New Yorker, who upon seeing him running toward the phone booth she was using, asked if he had been in the Tower, and when he said yes, and that he needed to call his mom, how she reacted by hanging up without a thought, and asking him his number and assisting him with dialing the number.  And he spoke of his memory of the firefighters, who were running up the stairs to their eventual doom, all shouting words of encouragement to those on their way down, each exhorting the evacuees to "Keep going, you'll be all right, your doing great, keep it up".  Here are some photos and a couple videos from the event.  For some reason, we had a higher volume of unusable photos than usual today.  Our apologies to those speakers whose pics didn't get posted.  They were taken, they just weren't usable.  And the videos are only 1 floppy disk long, so some get cut off, including the last few notes of the National Anthem, video 1.  Videos 2 and 3 are of speaker Kevin Danni.

Video 1            Video 2            Video 3

 

Pictures

Flag announces meeting at the Fire Station

Members prior to the meeting, including President-elect Rudy Hayek and former president Greg Freedman

Camille Levee greets Benn Martin as he signs in

Several SM firefighters

Crowd shot

Rose Float Assn. Pres. Robert Young and Lt. Steve Abernethy of the SMPD

 

Sorry Tom, it's the only usable picture I had with several officers in it

Core Media's Terry Adam apparently doesn't like his picture taken without his hat? 

Mountain Views publisher Beth Buck with Century 21's Mike Lepore, and Monrovia's Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Only Place in Town provided breakfast

Rotarian and City Councilman Rob Stockly speaks as firefighters look on.

SM Police Chief Wayne Bailey speaks

Fire Chief Roger Lowe speaks

Chief Lowe introduces SM firefighters

City Manager Tammy Gates presents Rotary plaque to Chief Bailey

Then poses with him

She gave one to Chief Lowe, as well

Then they both posed with Rotary Pres. Dan Alle, as Rob Stockly looks on.

Rudy Hayek thanks those who helped

Trade Center survivor Kevin Danni

More Kevin

Rotarian Camille Levee makes presentation to Kevin

Yes, more Kevin Danni

Rotary Pres. Dan Alle welcomes new member Lynn Cirino.  This picture is out of order chronologically

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