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By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Friday, September 13, 2013


On September 11, 2013 in Jacksonville Illinois, Illinois FOP Labor Council Field Representative Jerry Lieb was the key note speaker in a moving ceremony of remembrance for the victims and the families of the 911 tragedy.  Jerry is a retired Morgan County Detective and Immediate Past President of Jacksonville FOP Lodge 125.  Below is the speech that he delivered.

I am both honored and saddened to appear before you today. On September 11, 2001, our nation witnessed ordinary people unselfishly choose duty in the face of death.  We saw the first responders, both police and fireman, rush into danger to help people even as the buildings were collapsing around them. On September 1l, we saw loyalty to friends outweigh any sense of danger, as the New York City police and firefighters searched tirelessly for survivors and their own. On September 11, 2001, we saw true heroes choose self-sacrifice for the good of strangers as the passengers on the plane flying over Pennsylvania refused to allow the hijackers to succeed. On September 11, 2001, we saw police and firemen from around the country respond to the aid of New York and their comrades in public service.

Americans will be meeting like this every September 11, to remember and reflect on what we learned that fateful day in 2001. Not only that we have enemies in this world that will destroy us if they can but to remind us that duty, loyalty, self-sacrifice and love still have meaning and exist in the hearts of the ordinary people that we live and work with every day.

Too often, policemen and fireman are taken for granted.  And too often we forget the sacrifices those officers and their families make each day when they leave their homes shadowed by the very real possibility they might not return. At any given moment these brave men and women may be faced with a challenge like the one that occurred on Sept 11, 2001, and will respond, without regard to their own safety, to help the people they swore to protect.

So today, as we think back on the events of 9/11, our sorrow over the loss of so many police officers, firemen and volunteers should be tempered by the example set by so many who died and so many who lived. They taught us through their actions that day what it means to be Americans. They showed us the value of duty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and love. The only way we will triumph over terrorism and conquer the senseless tragedy of that horrible day is by celebrating the strength of the human spirit and the sacrifice of our police officers and firemen. Today, as we remember those lost, I ask you to join me in faith, certain the good will not only endure, but they will always prevail.

Editor's Note:  Jerry was also recognized by the Journalcourier of Jacksonville Illinois. Click on the following link to view that article.