Monday, September 11, 2006
Robert Fazio - American Hero
As part of the 2,996 Project, I am privileged to honor one of my countrymen - NYPD Officer Robert Fazio of Freeport, NY. Robert died on September 11, 2001 in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.
According to nypdangels.com, Robert had worked for the Police Department for 17 years and was called from his precinct in the East 20's on Sept. 11 to help people out of the shopping plaza beneath the World Trade Center. He had less than three years to go until retirement, his father said, and planned on setting up a motorcycle and car repair shop somewhere near his home in Freeport, N.Y., with a friend from junior high school, Gino Lanza. But though he had no children of his own, he spent as much time as he could baby-sitting for his nephew, Michael Lovero, and friends' children, who nicknamed him the Tickle Monster. To read more about this true American hero, go to http://www.nypdangels.com/nypd/fazio.htm.
I am proud of the progress we have made in the war on terror and continue to hold every radical member of Islam accountable for the 2,996 Americans who died that day. I hope the world never rests until Islam and its followers are destroyed.
My thoughts and prayers are with Robert's family, friends, fellow officers of the NYPD, and the other innocent people who lost their lives on September 11 as the five year anniversary of that terrible day in American history arrives.
We will never forget.