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Lt Mickey Kross, FDNY Obituary
A Lieutenant with the New York Fire Department, Mickey Kross was inside the collapsed North Tower during the World Trade Center disaster. He offered to help with the search and rescue missions at the site. His story was featured in a History Channel documentary titled “Miracle in Stairway B.” Now retired, Kross has collaborated with the Memorial Museum Foundation and speaks at the WTC Tribute Center.
Welles Crowther was an employee of the New York City Fire Department
When the tragedy occurred on September 11, 2001, Jeff Welles, an equities trader who worked on the 104th floor, was trapped inside the tower, he led a group of people down a stairwell to safety. Welles was last seen running back up the stairs. However, his body was found in a FDNY command centre in the South Tower lobby. The FDNY received his application for a job as a firefighter and made him an honorary member.
He was a volunteer firefighter from Rockland County, N.Y. He was an honorary firefighter in the New York City Fire Department. When he dedicated the 9/11 Museum in Lower Manhattan, President Barack Obama also referred to Welles Crowther. The man in the red bandanna saved 18 people inside the World Trade Center. Ling Young remembers a young man he met while helping people.
After graduating from Boston College, Welles Crowther joined the Empire Hook and Ladder Company. He spent the summers as a firefighter at the South tower’s 104th floor. He saved five lives and worked with the official first responders in rescue efforts to save more. Margaret Crowther, Welles’ wife, praised him for his “heroic efforts.”
President Obama spoke in the footprints of the World Trade Center’s eminent victims at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, and a replica red bandanna was displayed as a tribute to Welles. In December 2006, the family of Welles Crowther gathered in Downtown Brooklyn to attend an event that commemorated his memory. Despite the tragic loss of life, the family of Welles Crowther and his friends continue to honor their fallen comrade.
Alison, his mother, was a member Upper Nyack’s Empire Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. He worked as an equities trader for Sandler O’Neill. While he was a junior firefighter, he would eventually be promoted to full firefighter status. He was also a caring member of his family, helping his mother and pulling his sister to safety.
Mickey Kross was a Lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department
Lt. Mickey Kross was a firefighter with Engine 16 and one of the few survivors of the World Trade Center attacks. He was trapped for nearly two hours, but miraculously he survived. He wore a hard hat with stickers. This helmet has become a symbol of courage and honor for firefighting in New York. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.
He was on duty in Engine 16 when the North Tower collapsed and went on to volunteer for search and recovery missions at the site. His story has been featured in a History Channel documentary titled “Miracle in Stairway B.” Now retired from the FDNY, Lieutenant Kross works as a consultant for the Memorial Museum Foundation and volunteers to speak at the WTC Tribute Center.
Despite being a firefighter, he is a passionate volunteer for social justice and has devoted his life to the 9/11 Families Association and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He currently resides in Manhattan, near the Twin Towers. The History Channel will screen THE MIRACLE of STAIRWAY B, the new documentary starring the former chief police officer.
He was in the north tower when it collapsed
Andrew was in the north tower when it collapsed and climbed to the top floors of the building, where he noticed the fire and then the second explosion. The lift shaft was filled with jet fuel, which exploded. While firefighters were organising people, Port Authority officials and fire crews were trying to free them from the building. Many ran to the east side and out onto the street.
Canavan was one of the five rescuers from the underground area. The South Tower collapsed just half an hour after the first plane hit the North Tower. Canavan and another rescuer, an unnamed man, climbed through the debris to reach the top levels. They saw light coming through a peephole in the rubble and crawled through it.
He was working in North Tower for a company that had moved to another building. He was working on the 84th floor for a company called Euro Broker. Two people warned him about smoke and flames further down in the stairwell. Clark saved Stanley Praimnath, a Japanese bank employee, while they were discussing their next move. He was one of 16 people to survive the collapse of the North Tower.
Frank Razzano, a Washington D.C.-based attorney, was one of the survivors. He was staying at the World Trade Center Marriott hotel, between the Twin Towers. He was awakened by the sound of Flight 11 striking the North Tower. He then went to take a shower without realizing the emergency. His shower turned into a rush as the South Tower collapsed. He ran to the opposite side of the hotel, trying to avoid the destruction.
On 9/11, he wore his FDNY fire helmet
Gerald “Jerry” Sanford is a retired FDNY firefighter who shares his personal account of September 11, 2001 and the connection between two fire stations, thanks to an old leather helmet. Chris Griffith, a real estate agent turned writer, first met Sanford in his volunteer work for Southwest Florida veterans organizations. They decided to share their experiences and write a book about 9/11.
FDNY firefighters are not the only ones who lose loved ones on 9/11. To protect their ears, neck, and head, firefighters wear hoods under their helmets. In September 2001, Lt. Glenn C. Perry’s father was a member of Hazmat 1, an elite company of hazardous materials experts that deployed to the World Trade Center. Twelve firefighters from the FDNY were killed in the attack. Anthony, his son, was commissioned by the FDNY to be a firefighter at the same firehouse.
After retiring, Sanford went on a long journey. He found an antique fire helmet in Naples Florida and brought it back to New York. He wore the helmet on September 10, 2001, and it has since been restored to its original condition. Although it is impossible to fully recreate the event, Sanford’s FDNY fire helmet is now on display at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Although it is impossible to estimate the number of lives lost, the FDNY fire helmet serves as a living tribute to the firefighters who saved our city.
A photograph of his father, dressed in his FDNY gear, was found in the WTC rubble. He was one of the first to arrive at the World Trade Center and had parked his SUV on the promenade after the first plane struck the North Tower. Gary Geidel, a former FDNY firefighter, was missing in the photo, and was later killed in the World Trade Center. In October 2014, his father, Ralph Geidel passed away.
Among the many FDNY members who were killed in the 9/11 terror attacks, Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer, had his fire helmet on. He was one of the first firefighters on the scene, and he had a mustache. He was studying the scene and investigating a suspected gas leak. In addition to identifying the dead, his FDNY fire helmet was worn on 9/11.