New York Firefighter Honors Ten Fallen First Responders with New Book
"The crashing of two planes into the Twin Towers not only dismantled the buildings but hundreds of families as well. Mothers and fathers were left in the rubble of these attacks, searching for husbands, brothers and sons. Some of them never received answers nor recovered the bodies," O'Donnell said. "The parents' spiritual and emotional journeys can serve as an example of faith rising over despair."
"Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith" serves as a memorial to the lives and careers of 10 first responders who perished on 9/11. O'Donnell presents a unique and personal look at how the parents of these heroes were consoled by the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the role that they played in helping them manage their grief in the aftermath of a national tragedy.
In their own words, these faithful families share their sons' bravery and sacrifice-so that it will never be forgotten. These parents not only recount the lives of their children but their own road to healing. O'Donnell takes a special look at the role faith played in the lives of those that perished and their families.
"Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith is meant to help readers understand the stress, hardship and sometimes devastation that parents and families of fire responders face," O'Donnell said. "I also hope that readers realize the efforts and sacrifices of the FCNY and their families. Not only on that day but in the ensuing months and years."
About the author
James J. O'Donnell is a retired FDNY lieutenant with 30 years of service. His retirement was due to injuries he sustained on 9/11. After retiring he earned his bachelor's degree in religious studies from St. Joseph's College, and he went on to earn his master's degree from Fordham University, where he studied theology and religious education. He has now used his experience and insight to bring together the families of 9/11 to share their stories in "Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith."
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