Manuel Del Valle Jr.

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

19 Years Later...We Shall Never Forget

From: Ashley
Date: 08/01/2006
Message: Though I never knew you, your bravery and service to your country is an inspiration. Thank you for all that you have done.

From: Maritza
Date: 09/08/2006
Message: As time passes we will never forget the love, joy and happiness you shared with everone who knew you. our family will never forget the wonderfull person you will always befpr all of us. We know that in heaven God is learning to dance salsa thanks to you! love always maritza& fam

From: Hector Garcia
Date: 09/14/2006
Message: Eventhough I never meet Manny, he was a great influence on me in becoming a firefighter. A year after the terrorist attack, a local community college program (Upward Bound)organized a cultural educational study tour to New York. One of the stops was at ground zero and followed by a visit to Engine Co. 5's quarters on 14th St. There we were welcomed by fellow firefighters and by Manny's family members. We were given a speech on how great of a guy and how brave Manny was. Those words got engraved in my heart and it was then that I decided that saving lives was something I wanted to do. I was only 17 then, fresh out of high school. Immediately after returning I started looking for classes that would lead me in that direction. By age 18 I was an EMT-I OS. At 19, I started volunteering at the Calexico Fire Dept. Now, I'm 20, I just graduated from Class I of the Imperial County/IVC Fire Academy. There were times when academy was hard, I didn't now if I could do it; but i thought of Manny and how he never left anything for another day and that helped me push harder. Formaly, I'm testing to get hired as a full time Firefighter at Calexico Fire. A day after 9/11 of this year was my agility test, and giving me that extra strength to complete the test was that man who I never meet, but I feel like I do. Manuel eventhough I never meet you, I want to let you know that you inspired me in becoming what I am today: A Firefighter. THANK YOU

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