I knew several NYFD firefighters who died or were injured the crushing collpase of the World Trade Center. Many others served on that day. The closest was a Silver Star Marine. It is said, "A Silver Star for a Marine is like a Medal of Honor for the other branches of the Armed Forces." And much harder to get. He was much-decorated with the NYFD as well.
Humbly...he credited me me for saving his life, as I directed him on the path of quiting drinking. I drink...but he had...a problem. He then got into Yoga. One of the nicest, toughist, most soft-spoken and decent men I have ever known. And Hollywood Handsome.
One night, I saw him stare down 5 scum-thugs on 8th Avenue in Times Square because they made catcalls to his Lady Friend. He calmly lined them up against a wall and made each of them politely apologize to her. (Otherwise, they JUST KNEW, he would have ripped all them apart.) An amazing thing to watch.