“He said he just did what he had to do.”
“We were near the 9/11 Memorial entrance. It was POURING rain. ‘You guys come with me.’ He escorted us past the long line, past the police officers, and told the security guards, ‘These are my two friends, let them in.’ Before he left, he told us to look for him in the museum; we would find his picture and the watch he wore that fateful day. Sure enough, we did.”
He swung himself from balcony to balcony with his bare hands.
“I slowed my breathing down and prepared for entry. As I touched the door knob…BAM! I never saw it coming! My vision was gone. I heard several loud bangs. On the radio I could hear, ‘OFFICER DOWN!’ What? ‘Wait a minute. Am I the officer down?!’ The next thing I remember I was in a weird place, swelling and turning blue.”
The one-and-a-half-year-old was alone.
The small town of Trumann, Arkansas, is calling him their hometown hero.
“Ember embodies the light at the end of the tunnel. The beauty that is still capable despite the pain the past year had brought.”
“Although I knew getting married wouldn’t change me being his little girl, and him my hero, something about him ‘giving me away’ was so hard to swallow.”
“My wife took a photo of me in the hospital as I was praying for my life. The thought of how my family would survive without me, I couldn’t bear it.”
The school’s resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, is reportedly being hailed “a true hero” for “saving the lives of the students in the school.”