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Lt. John Crisci

Appearing below are messages from others who wish to extend their thoughts, sympathy and words of kindness to the family and friends Lt. John Crisci , who passed away on September 11th, 2001.

10 Years Later...We Shall Never Forget

From: Jan McCann, Seattle, WA
Date: 09/11/2003
Message: For some unknown reason, my husband and I woke up early on 9/11/01 (5:30 PST) and witnessed the attacks from 3000 miles away as they happened. As we watched the Fire Department arrive at the World Trade Center and as the scope of what was happening began to sink in, I prayed and prayed for them to not go in, to please wait until they had more information, but I knew full well nothing could not have stopped them. And mixed with my fear, I felt pride. I do not know if people really realize the bravery and courageous nature of these men and women. I don’t think they do. I believe I know because my father is a 30-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department. I knew the kind of men who, when on their way home and the alarm sounded, turned around and responded. I knew the kind of men who were climbing those stairs. I finally realized that what I was seeing were the faces of the men I had so admired while growing up; happy, funny, family men who, when the situation arose, put on their game face and were brave beyond belief. I was seeing my Dad. Shortly after the attacks on 9/11, I purchased and received a bracelet with the name of Firefighter Lt. John A. Crisci, FDNY Haz-Mat 1. I wore Lt. Crisci’s bracelet on the First Anniversary of the attacks and again today. The rest of the year it sits next to a candle on our mantel. Today, I looked up Lt. John Crisci’s name on the Internet and came across a letter from his brother, Leonard. I had to laugh when he describes Lt. Crisci’s response, "What's the big deal", after having saved a child from certain death and was reminded about when I would have dinner at my Dad’s station. An alarm would sound and as they left he would say, “Be back in a minute”, making light of what was so admirable. A certain nonchalance. His brother also mentions Lt. Crisci’s wife and sons. My heart goes out to them and their loss which I cannot even begin to comprehend. He truly was a hero and example to us all of what a man should be. We take the time to remind our sons of the ultimate sacrifice and bravery of Lt. Crisci and the other men who lost their lives that day, as well as saying our prayers for the surviving firefighters who continue to put their lives on the line to protect New York City and all other parts of the world. When his brother states he wants everyone to remember what John for what he stood for, which is family, my message to him is - every night he is in our prayers when we give hugs and kisses before bed. And we never forget to say I love you.

From: Patt
Date: 12/23/2006
Message: Hi John, it has been a long time since I spoke about you and for that I feel terrible. I just wanted to say here that I think of you often although I never actually met you. I have learned about you and your loving way via your fantastic wife Raffaella as we chatted back and forth on the phone. I still look at the pictures she sent me of you. I still look you up here every year since you left although I usually do not post. I know your family misses you very much and will never be the same but know that your heart is still in their hearts, all of the love you gave, all of the selfless ness that you shared ----you live on forever in your sons. Raffaella , if you see this know that I am forever touched by your presence and having the privilage of meeting John through your loving eyes. Merry Christmas , John

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