Op-Ed: The True Meaning of Patriot Day

Joe Torrillo was a Lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, on limited duty because of a severe injury, when he saw the plane fly into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. He rushed to the scene to assist with the rescue just in time to be buried in debris as the first tower fell. He had a fractured skull, broken ribs, a broken arm, a crushed spine and heavy internal bleeding. They had put him on a boat in the adjacent Hudson River pending evacuation when the second tower fell, burying Joe again, this time in the boat’s engine room. Insofar as is known, he was the only person buried twice during the 9/11ordeal, or at least the only one to survive such a double dose of bad fortune.

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