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This morning, I interviewed one of our city's firefighters. I have a lot of respect for firefighters -- a number of my high school friends joined the local ranks (at least four I can think of offhand), and three of my cousins in New York were firefighters before I ever graduated high school. One of them, Jeffrey, is no longer with us. Jeffrey was one of the fallen on 9/11, among the first Engine to arrive on the scene, and he never left it. Every time the event is referred to, I can remember exactly how I felt THAT MORNING.

I don't feel that way every time I encounter firefighters, whether they're arriving on scene to tend to stupid chicks or dancing on a bar while I auction them off to raise money for the Burn Center.

This morning, prior to my interview, I noticed a flag on the wall of the station office. Seeing where my attention had gone, the man in the room said, "That's a list of our fallen." I thought he meant in general, but he then clarified that these were the names of the firefighters lost on 9/11.

I looked for Engine 10, and found Jeffrey's name. "That's my cousin," I said.

"Wow, how cool," said the guy.

"No," I said. "It's not."

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nan shartel May 20, 2011 @ 2:35 p.m.

~~tender pat on the shoulder Barbarella~~

:-(

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JohnnyJ June 11, 2011 @ 2:04 a.m.

DO YOU REALIZE THAT WHEN THE FIREFIGHTER SAID "COOL" THEY DIDN'T MEAN THAT LITERALLY? IT'S KIND OF LIKE WHEN YOU SAY TO A COWORKER "HOW ARE YOU?" YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO RESPNOD "I'M HORRIBLE. MY AUNT DIED TWO DAYS AGO." YOU WANT THEM TO SAY "i'M FINE, HOW ARE YOU?"

THE FIREMAN DIDN'T MEAN "THAT'S COOL YOUR COUSIN DIED IN 9/11." COULDN'T YOU JUST LET IT GO, REALIZING IT WAS A SLIP OF THE TONGUE?

WHY THE THREE STORIES IN ONE COLUMN? WHAT HAPPENED TO JUST ONE

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