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August 15, 2006
To the Family and Loved Ones of Bruce Gary,
My name is Dawn Aldridge. I am a nurse from Cincinnati Ohio. I was deeply affected by the events of 9/11. I had recently suffered my own grevious loss and had a true understanding of the pain each and every family was feeling that day. I had waited years to become an RN. My very 1st day of being an RN was Sept. 11, 2001. All I wanted to do that day was get in my car and drive to New York and help, but if I wanted my job, I could not. I was very torn. So I began to read evry thing I could about the recovery and the stories of 9/11. I read the book Firehouse and the very 1st time I read it I stayed up all night because I could not put it down until I finished it. I have since read the book 10 times. One of the reasons I have read it so many times is because I do not want to forget the details of these 12 great men. But one of the men who stood out the most to me was Bruce Gary. He reminded me so much of my own father that it just burned my heart. Like my Dad he did not want to move up in rank because he felt the real job was being out their on the front lines with the men/women so that he could keep the fire scene safe. I loved the stories about how if you where a probie you wanted Bruce Gary to follow you in especially the first time so he could pull you to safety if the fire got to hot. My father was in World War II and everytime they tried to promote him in rank he told them he would prefer to just remain one of the guys, when they asked him why he said because he did not want to be the one to give the orders to send anyone in to harms way. His humor, and the pranks he pulled. My Dad was the ultimate prank puller. My favorite story was when he decided it was time for that extra wall in the kitchen to come down and he was tired of waiting for the red tape so he took it down himself. He was hard for a reason, because he wanted you to be safe on the job. He was the ultimate protector. The way he treated those kids at the little league, helping the ones who were falling behind so they could be a respected member of the team. He was all about the team. How can it be that this man is no longer with us? I visited the 40/35 Firehouse in August 2002. I wanted to tell his brothers and his loved ones how tremndously sorry I am for their loss. I wanted to Honor the life and the service of this great man. I got to stand in that very kitchen that he remodeled himself. I took them some Starbucks coffee because thats my favorite, but I forgot to tell the probies to make sure its fresh every morning because Bruce Gary is still watching over the 40/35. This man is truely unforgettable. I will not forget him, ever. I will share his story often and I will continue to give the book Firehouse out as gifts so that his legacy will live on. May he rest in eternal peace. May God bring all of his loved ones especially his 3 children comfort and peace. I will keep you in my prayers. Especially on this upcoming 5 year anniversary. God Bless You All. Sincerely, Dawn Aldridge, RN
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