December 27, 2016

Hero Week Day 2 – NYC Ferry Captains

Vincent Ardolino 2

Honoring Vincent Ardolino and all ferry captains who helped rescue hundreds of thousands on 9/11.

From Huffington Post:
“…On 9/11, over 500,000 people were rescued from Manhattan’s seawalls in just nine hours. How did this happen? What heroism made this possible? The answer lies in the resilience of the every day people at the scene that day, and the brave community of mariners who ply the waters of New York’s Harbor.

As the buildings fell, hundreds of tugboats, ferries, fishing boats, coast guard cutters and other vessels rushed towards the disaster. They did so at great personal risk. James Parese, the captain of the Staten Island Ferry, assumed he might be next. “We’re a big orange target in the middle of that harbor.”

Vincent Ardolino, captain of the Amberjack V, was at home in Brooklyn, watching the burning buildings on TV. He said, “I gotta go do something,” kissed his wife goodbye, dashed to his charter boat.

These men, and hundreds like them, pushed their boats into the harbor, and filled over and over with dazed passengers. That the evacuation was unplanned and unrehearsed is remarkable. But what is even more impressive is that not a single person was injured in the process.

The story of the 9/11 boatlift is a reminder of the sense of shared purpose and resilience that pervaded New York – and the world – in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

As Stephen Flynn from the Center for National Policy and the organizer of today’s summit says, ‘First responders will always do their best to assist us. But, in real life, success or failure in our moments of greatest need is usually determined by the actions of regular people.'”

Cameron – for time
50 Walking Lunges
25 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
50 Box Jumps (24/20 in)
25 Triple-Unders
50 Wtd Good Mornings (45/30)
25 Ring Dips
50 Knees-to-Elbows
25 Double Squat Wall Ball (20/14 lbs)
50 Sit-Ups
5 Rope Climb (15 ft)

Cameron’s story:
U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade Thomas Cameron, 24, of Portland, OR, in training at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL, died on February 28, 2012, when his unit’s helicopter crashed into Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico during a training mission.  He is survived by his parents Bette and John, and brother Alex.


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