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The 15th Anniversary of 9/11

The 15th Anniversary of 9/11

I remember 9/11 it like it was yesterday.

10 months after the horror of 9/11, I joined E-ONE, a fire/rescue vehicle manufacturer in Ocala, Florida, to help them implement mass customization.

We had fire/rescue vehicles on backorder for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) as a consequence of that fateful event. Most of that backlog was for our Saulsbury brand of stainless steel heavy rescue trucks then manufactured in Preble, New York, just outside Syracuse, NY.

343 firefighters died that day and about 80 fire/rescue vehicles were destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed. That’s a staggering number of people and vehicles.

Firefighters are the people who run into burning buildings as everyone else runs out. They are a special breed. FDNY has a saying:

“There are 2 types of firefighters:

  1. Those who are FDNY firefighters, and,
  2. Those who want to be FDNY firefighters.”

It’s a proud group. I honor the memory of those we lost on 9/11.

Thought for the week:

“Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

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Dave Gardner
Dave Gardner is a management consultant, speaker, blogger and author based in Silicon Valley. He’s been in the front row for the birth and evolution of Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world. Since 1992, Dave Gardner has focused on making the complex simple. He can be reached through his website, www.DaveGardner.biz, or via phone at +1 408-475-7068.
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