We are honored here at RDW to participate in a national movement among bloggers to recognize individually the 2,996 fallen of the attack on our country on 9-11-2001.
Each participating blog was assigned an individual to honor, we were assinged the 2,000th designee, Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri.
Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri was a veteran New York City firefighter, he was enjoying a day off when he heard what happened at the World Trade Center. He thought nothing of himself but hurried to join his fellow firefighters where he perished in the World Trade Center Collapse.
This man was a hero in every sense of the word...
He left a wife, Linda, and two young sons, A.J. and Michael, behind. I know they are proud of their father's sacrifice.
The following comments were left on various message boards by his friends, family and those his life touched.
- Dear Family of Edward D'Atri, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I carry a bracelet with Eddie's name and squad 1 with me in my car. I'm one of a few D'Atri's left on Long Island and until 9/11, was unaware of possible relatives in Staten Island. I currently reside in Rockville MD., but my two brothers, sister and mother live on Long Island. My nephew's name by coincidence, is Edwardo D'atri. We have one D'atri cousin who lives in Florida. I have been meaning to contact you through St. Charles for some time, but I wanted to give you time for healing. I think of Eddie and all the firefighters and police as our nations heroes. Their courage and bravery will never be forgotten. God Bless, Jean Ann D'Atri Larkin
- Mayor Guliani mentioned Eddie's name in his book...of all all the firefighters he mentioned 10 total not for any other reason, but it was part of his days during that period.... but from what I can read here, firefighter D'atri was one hell of a guy...strong loving caring professional/ a good father/son/buddy/friend...etc...I sometimes still pickup the New York Times 9/11 bio book and read about people who perished...the stories are so awesome....so many wonderful people..... they inspire me cause the love the gave and the love they received can only be explained in heaven....
- I didn't know Mr. D'Atri but I can say I proudly danced for him in honor of my school. Commack High school dedicated a dance to 9/11 and we each were given a name of a hero lost, and mine was Edward. I always wished I could do more for his family, and if you read this please let me know if I can. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him, I can't imagine the loss your feeling but I can say, I'm extremely sorry you have to go through this. "We lost many bodies on earth that day but we gained many angels in the sky, especially you Edward." May God watch over you and your family.
- In my family there are many who share the names of Edward (3 generations living) and my father and nephew were Alexander. I did not know Edward D'Atri personally, but because my uncle and my father carried his name I have felt close to his family. We D'Atris are proud to carry this noble name, and proud of my grandfather, Umberto, who was the first of our family to immigrate to the US from Italy. (Ellis Island Wall of Immigrants, 1903 immigrated) I know Edward Alexander D'Atri was a hero, and if any member of his family sees this message, please know our prayers have been with you. May the sons of Edward D'Atri be blessed, and always be proud of the heroism their father will always be remembered for. May God bless all your family.
- EDDIE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN AND A LOVING FATHER TO HIS BOYS,HE WAS A DEAR FRIEND AND WILL BE MISSED DEARLY,I WANT TO SEND MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO HIS SONS WHO I KNOW LOVED HIM SO MUCH. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,AND I KNOW YOUR FATHER LOVED YOU VERY MUCH, HE IS A TRUE HERO,AND ALWAYS WILL BE
- Eddie D'Atri was a hero, but he was a hero every day of his life. He was passionate about being a fireman and everything else he involved himself in. Eddie has two beautiful sons, A.J. and Michael. He lived for them, and we know that they are missing him terribly. Eddie wasn't working that fateful day, but when he heard the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane he ran to them, immediately looked for his Squad 1 and did what he always did, heroically and courageously did his job. Did he know that he would become an American Hero that day? Probably not! But he will always be remembered as one of America's Heroes. Eddie was one of four of our family members who were firemen the morning of 9/11. The evening of 9/11, we had only one of those firemen alive. We mourn them all. Eddie we will miss you. Love, Papa and Barbara
- I can't believe how many people's lives Eddie touched. WEll... yes I can. He really was a great guy, with an even greater heart. And I miss his Barney Rubble laugh (ah hee hee hee) along with that smile that could light up the darkest corners of any room. I feel truly honored to have known him personally. To Eddie's sons: I'm so sorry for your loss. He truly loved you guys more than life itself. I know he's watching over you. All of you are in my heart and prayers, always. God Bless
- To the family and loved ones of Ed D'atri. I just wanted to say that I could remember first seeing Ed when I was 15 years old working out at Ed and Ken's Hard Bodies gym on Forest Ave.. I remember what a great looking guy Ed was and how fit he was as well. One thing that I remember working out at that gym, was that many of the other guys who were also body builders at that gym were always rude, but not Ed. Although I didn't know him personally, he was always pleasant and kind. I want Ed's children to know that their dad was a true hero. At 15 years old, I thought that Ed looked like Superman, little did I know back then that he really was Superman.
The definition of hero (according to dictionary.com): A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
They should put Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri's picture next to that definition.
We honor him for his bravery and self-sacrifice.
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