Strong of Heart by Thomas Von Essen
Life and Death in the Fire Department of New York

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May 30, 2002

"How will we ever get through this?" is the question I asked on the night of September 11.


Maybe the answer is here, all around me. Not just in the cleanup, not just in the purpose demonstrated by all who came and labored in these months.

The answer is in the enduring spirits of all assembled here. That, for me, is the miracle in all of this: having looked horror in the face, we bear the pain without losing heart.

-- Thomas Von Essen


About Thomas Von Essen

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Murray is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Published November 30, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Equally powerful are Von Essen's descriptions of other tragic fires during his terms as fire commissioner: he demonstrates that bravery in the FDNY is an almost daily occurrence.

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