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    Heads Bow in Memory of 9/11 Victims

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007
    Heads Bow in Memory of 9/11 Victims


    By AMY WESTFELDT
    Associated Press Writer

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    Relatives of Sept. 11 victims participate in Mass. observances

    September 11, 2007
    Relatives of Sept. 11 victims participate in Mass. observances


    By GLEN JOHNSON
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    9/11 chaplain remembered

    9/11 chaplain remembered
    Children's book shares message of Father Mike
    Larry McShane
    Associated Press
    Sept. 11, 2007 12:00 AM

    SECAUCUS, N.J. - Kelly Ann Lynch, like so many others in the Rev. Mychal Judge's vast congregation without walls, was devastated by word of the fire chaplain's death in the shadows of the World Trade Center.

    "Those first few weeks, it was hard to see anything good," said the Pennsylvania mother of four. "It just felt so dark and so sad and so empty."

    Time passed, until the darkness gave way to a bright idea. Lynch - whose father once served as an altar boy for Judge - became consumed with turning the martyred priest's life into a children's book, keeping his message of love alive for future generations.


    He Said Yes: The Story of Father Mychal Judge, a biography timed to arrive with the sixth anniversary of 9/11, is an illustrated 32-page walk in the Franciscan priest's sandals. M. Scott Oatman did the artwork.

    "He left behind a legacy for all of us," Lynch said recently over breakfast at a New Jersey hotel, a short hop from the East Rutherford parish where her family first met Judge. "I took the most important parts of his story and tried to simplify it. His story was meant to be shared."

    The biography starts with Judge's birth in Brooklyn, where he had a job shining shoes to help his widowed mother make ends meet. It follows him into a Catholic seminary, through his ordination, to parishes in Massachusetts, New Jersey and finally Manhattan.

    Lynch, in a simple, straightforward style, details how Judge picked up congregants for his far-flung flock at every stop: suburban families and the homeless; AIDS patients and alcoholics; firefighters and a paralyzed police officer; the loved ones of those killed aboard TWA Flight 800.

    The tale ends on Sept. 11, 2001, when Judge became the first official victim of the terrorist attack that killed 2,750 people in the twin towers. His dying soon gave life to Lynch's remembrance.

    Those touched by the peripatetic priest during his 68 years greeted word of the Paulist Press publication with warm reviews.

    "It sounds sweet - a lovely idea," said actor and author Malachy McCourt. "Anything that perpetuates the goodness of this man is fine with me."

    Brendan Fay, a gay activist and Judge friend, recalled how easily Father Mike bonded with children.

    "He wrote notes and letters to children at their baptism," Fay recalled. "A few who saved them now treasure them with the affection of relics. ... Kids who never knew Father Judge can now read his story."

    Lynch's ties with Judge predate her birth. He counseled her family in good times and in crisis - the sudden death of her grandfather, the death of a 2-month-old sibling, her own daughter's lifesaving liver transplant.

    "He made you feel that you were the one special person in his life," said Lynch, 39. "What we've come to realize, six years later, is that he did that for everybody. He was a constant presence."

    Besides her book, Lynch runs the non-profit Mychal's Message, which provides aid to the dispossessed. Proceeds from He Said Yes will also benefit the homeless.

    Lynch said getting the book in print was a long process. Plans fell through with one publisher, and talks with an agent moved slowly. She was on the verge of self-publishing, just to get the book out, when one of Father Mike's fellow Franciscans steered her to Paulist Press.

    Everything clicked. And, as Lynch hoped, the book, which came out last Tuesday, was released in time for the anniversary of the attacks.

    Judge, possessor of a dry Irish wit, would have enjoyed the book's title, Fay said. The Franciscan father's instinctive "yes" made him indispensable to many, but it was also wearing him out - much like his answering machines, which routinely broke down from overuse every six months.

    "It was his gift, and it connected him to thousands," Fay said of the late yes-man. "But it also wore him out. The title would make Mychal laugh."
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    Father of 9/11 Hero Remembers Tragedy

    Father of 9/11 Hero Remembers Tragedy


    Updated: 09-11-2007 10:39:52 AM

    SUSAN NICOL KYLE
    Firehouse.Com News

    FREDERICK, MD-- Bob Carlo is standing at Ground Zero today staring into the resting place of his son, FDNY Firefighter Michael Carlo.

    "I think about him every, single day," Carlo said last week as the sixth anniversary of the terrorists' attack grew closer. "I never gets any easier. I get choked up talking about it. It's like it happened yesterday."

    On that morning six years ago, Michael Carlo was talking with his brother Rob, also a FDNY firefighter, describing the black smoke rolling out of the tower. "They were talking by direct connect when he saw the second plane strike the other tower. Then, he told him that his company was getting called. He told Rob he'd talk to him that night."

    But, that call would never happen.

    Michael Carlo was with his crew of Engine 230 in the South Tower when it came crashing down.

    It took Bob Carlo two days to get to New York from Frederick, Maryland, still holding on to a sliver of hope that his 34-year-old son miraculously survived. He didn't even try to get to the site. He went to Rob's home.

    "Rob went to the pile every day hoping he'd find his brother."

    In early October, Carlo joined other families led to Ground Zero by then Mayor Rudy Guiliani.

    "Looking up at the twisted steel that looked like licorice sticks, I just knew there was no way they would find my son here."

    Carlo's voice quivered as he described those first moments. "It was horrible, just horrible. That pile was massive. You just have no idea."

    During one anniversary visit, he described an eerie event. Two large circles of flowers marked the site of the twin towers. "Down there it was very windy. Yet, it was calm on the street. It was as if the spirits were saying they didn't want anything built there."

    Carlo stays in touch with others who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, and has let people know how he feels about the memorial being designed.

    "I don't think the victims should be listed in alphabetical order. The firefighters' names should be under their companies. That's only right."

    There are reminders of his heroic son throughout his home, including a curio cabinet that holds photos, a FDNY uniform shirt, a specially designed quilt and the medal presented to the family during a White House ceremony. There's a square wooden box containing dirt from the pile.

    Carlo said he still holds out hope that his son's remains will be located. But, deep down he knows that may never be realized. "It would be good to have closure and a final resting place."

    Firefighter Michael Carlo's portrait greets all who enter his father's home office. Other walls are graced with pictures of Michael in happier times as well the flag raising at the site, plaques and awards.

    And, the latest addition includes a street sign -- similar to one unveiled Sunday near Engine 230.

    "It's an honor. It's Firefighter Michael Carlo Avenue."

    Carlo said families' lives changed forever that sunny morning six years ago. "They have their memories like I have mine. My sons were best friends, not just brothers. They did everything together."

    Carlo and his eldest son, Rob, who is now retired from the FDNY, enjoy riding motorcycles.

    Michael's picture was hand-painted on the back of his father's 2003 Harley Davidson Firefighter Classic. Motorists often give him a thumbs up or wave when they spot it.

    Carlo said Michael would like that.
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    Susie Nicol Kyle
    Fallen FDNY Firefighter Michael Carlo's picture was handpainted on his father's motorcycle.

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