With the nation and our world remembering where we were on on this fateful morning 11 years ago today, honoring the fallen heroes from the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and also the plane that crashed into the quiet countryside of Pennsylvania I find myself realizing that, while I’ll never forget, maybe it’s time to also appreciate all the positives around us a little more today. For me I had been thinking of what type of concept image I could post today that reflected my internal thoughts of moving past the negative and focusing on the positives instead. Plenty of patriotic ideas came to mind but I never put the camera to use to capture them for one reason or another in the past couple weeks. In the last few days I photographed two large local fires on consecutive days and realized that perhaps the best tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11 is to give appreciation, and have the realization, that there are heroes everyday in our country. Some wear a badge, some fire protective clothing, some deliver medicine, some direct traffic, some go to war, and some individuals just step up when they need to but never should have had to. As a photojournalist for over 24 years I have been fortunate to witness the heroism of these everyday heroes. Today I tip my virtual hat to all the friends, professionals, and others that I have personally photographed, known, and know today, and those that I will never meet. Thank you, thank you so very much. Thanks for serving, thanks for stepping up, thanks for being there. Never forget.
About the above image- This image was taken on 9/9/12 at a shopping center in Horsham, PA. Firefighters responded to battle a stubborn fire that destroyed the laundromat where the fire started and that damaged several neighboring businesses. As firefighters got control of the fire sunlight coming through the heavy smoke provided backlighting and rays of light framing the firefighters working at the rear of the building.
Below a look at a small percentage of local heroes I’ve photographed over the years, many I consider friends. I’m very lucky to know you. Cheers.