Lt. Robert B. Nagel

2010 September 11
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by TLS

I chose the name Lt. Robert B. Nagel to remember today.  Lt. Robert B. Nagel was one of 343 New York Firefighters who gave their life on September 11, 2001, but he was the only member of Harlem based Engine 58 that perished that day.  September 11th, was also not the first time Lt. Nagel bravely responded on behalf of his country, as he was also a Vietnam Veteran.

Lt. Nagel was 55 years old and lived in Manhattan with his wife, Janet, and their daughter, Bridget.  He was a history and science fiction buff and one of the comments I read said he “could talk at length on almost any topic”.   He was also called blunt and opinionated, which just means he was honest.  It is easy to tell from the comments and tributes that Lt. Robert B. Nagel was well liked and truly missed.

Lt. Nagel has been honored in two books; Echo Columnist Terry Golway’s “So That Others May Live” and a book dedicated in his memory titled “The Hero in Our Hearts”.  The street outside his firehouse was also renamed in his honor in 2008.  Janet Nagel is a school secretary at PS 158 and a memorial plaque was placed in their auditorium in 2003.

There is no way to repay Lt. Nagel or his family for their sacrifice, but please know that we remember this great hero today and always.

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  1. 2010 September 11 8:10 am
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    JustMary permalink

    Thank you for this post, TLS. It is a blessing reading about these fine men and women who lost their lives so tragically. In this small way, we get to know them, and grieve their loss, just as if they were our lifelong friends. May each one always be remembered.

  2. 2010 September 11 8:35 am
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    bc3b permalink

    One thing that stands out is how the responders were racing up the stairway as workers in the Twin Towers were evacuating, probably knowing full way they were racing to their deaths.

  3. 2010 September 11 8:42 am
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    JustMary permalink

    That is what was so remarkable, because they were so selfless in the intentional giving of their lives for their fellow man. Greater love, indeed.

  4. 2010 September 11 9:03 am
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    TLS permalink

    indeed the story of the firefighters is incredible in that they were not part of thje original victims. They were not aleady in the buildings or on a plane. They were the heroes who came of their own free well and rushed into the nightmare without regard for themselves. God bless every one of them. They are truly missed.

  5. 2010 September 11 9:08 am
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    justrand permalink

    TLS: “They were not aleady in the buildings or on a plane. They were the heroes who came of their own free well and rushed into the nightmare without regard for themselves. God bless every one of them

    Amen. Thank you so much for your post, and that splendid observation. They were the only ones who had a choice…and they chose to help at the risk of their lives. God bless them all.

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