September 11th Tribute to an American Hero – Edward Rall

Tribute to an American Hero that was lost on September 11, 2001

Edward Rall – We Will NEVER Forget!

As September 11 approaches my hope is that you will remember an American Hero that was tragically lost on that day 8 years ago.  I am honored to have Your Everything Services be part of the Project 2,996, a national recognized movement among bloggers to memorialize and remember each of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Project 2,996 is a way that we can all contribute in some small way to these fallen heroes and their families that have suffered every day since that horribly tragedy.

I’m sure most of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing that very moment we learned of the attacks.

Most of us were doing the exact same things that some of the fallen were doing.  Thinking of our children, parents, husbands and wives, making phone calls to express our love and to comfort them in any way we could.  Every person that lost their life that day in spite of their imminent death, were focused on their cherished loved ones and most importantly on love.  There is no doubt that Edward Rall and his fellow brothers had the same sort of thoughts in those heroic final moments.

My tribute is to Edward Rall, 44 years old, who was a Firefighter for the New York Fire Department and lost his life serving others on the ground of the World Trade Center.  Rescue 2 is known as an elite group of firefighters with a serious mission: to save fellow firefighters or civilians who are trapped in blazes or endangered by urban disasters.

Rall and his fellow firefighters proceeded on that day with the same urgency, commitment and determination to rescue any one involved in the 9/11 disaster.

New York lost 340 firefighters, two retired members, the chaplain, and two paramedics on that horrific September morning.  These men and women bravely laid down their lives to rescue, serve and protect their fellow Americans.  Words escape me in trying to express my deepest appreciation for their bravery and selfless acts.

An interesting comment I found recently was:

I was doing a concert the other day and on the stage I saw a dog tag so I picked it up.  It read, “F.D.N.Y. Edward Rall, Missing in Action, September 11, 2001”.  I had to look up the name and read about him.  I am so honored to have found this and I want his family to know how much I appreciate what he did and the sacrifice he made for the City of New York and for his Nation…Thank you and God Bless. (Anonymous, dated June 14, 2009)

I truly hope this person was able to make contact with Rall’s family and give them a cherished memento.

A comment I found on his Legacy Guest book dated, August 26, 2009.

It’s been 8 years now and a day doesn’t go by that we don’t think of you and miss you. Things haven’t been the same since 9/11 and they never will. When I think of Ed I see him with a Coors light in one hand and a cigar in the other with a big smile on his face. We had a lot of good times together and a lot of laughs. Miss you buddy. Always in our thoughts and our hearts until we meet again. (Joann and Paul Bader)

Other comments from various sites regarding Rall that showed the man of honor he truly was:

  • “I just finished the book “The Last Men Out” by Tom Downey. This is how I came to know of Eddie Rall, and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our city – and our nation – on September 11, 2001. I guess I just wanted to put a face with a name. I highly suggest that anyone read this book. You will get just a small glimpse of essence of this man, and the brothers he perished with. You will learn not only of the events of this tragic day, but also of the countless “smaller” emergencies they respond to that don’t make the headlines. This world is a better place because of them.”
  • “I didn’t know you Ed, but your name comes up every year when my team participates in the tournament that has been named in your honor. Some of the young player’s dads are firefighters. I stumbled on this sight and was very happy to be able to finally put your face with the name. Thanks for being there and doing what had to be done on that day which showed the worst and the best of humanity. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
  • “To Mr. Rall’s son Dan, Often people look at a singer or a sports player and call them heroes. Now I realize that heroes don’t have to be famous to be recognized. The courage that your father showed on that day made me realize that he was and still is a hero.”
  • I know Ed and his family for over 20 years now. We miss him terribly and our hearts go out to his wife Darlene and his sons Joe, Matt & Dan. We will never forget all the good times we had over the years. I can’t help but feel the loss of the times we should be sharing and the memories we should still be embracing. As my husband once said ” we were suppose to grow old together” but that came to an unexpected halt and know we grow old without our good friend and try to carry on and be there for Ed’s family as much as we can . We miss and love you always. WE WILL NEVER FORGET

What an amazing man! My heart, thoughts, prayers, appreciation and compassion go out to his wife Darlene, sons, Joe, Matt and Dan.  How fortunate you were to have such an honorable hero in your life and we thank you for allowing us to honor Edward Rall and the awesome man he was.  May God Bless each and every one of you.



  1. A very lovely tribute, Deb. Thank you for participating in Project 2,996 and thank you for honoring Firefighter Edward Rall.

  2. Thank you for a moving tribute. I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

  3. Mary Nell and Alicia,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment regarding my 9/11 hero. I have left a comment for you too Alicia on your site and Mary Nell, I need yours so I can do the same.

    Thanks again ladies and make it a great day!

  4. I added your blog to bookmarks. And i’ll read your articles more often!

  5. Thank you very much for that great article


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