September 11th 2020 – 19 years later.

As we reflect on one of the darkest days in our country’s history, we remain thankful for the sacrifices and determination of everyone involved.

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2001 was almost two decades ago. Whoa.

Many have asked what I was doing on September 11th. You can read about it here.

Proud to have worked to support FDNY after the attacks primarily serving at 44 Engine in Midtown Manhattan.

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We dug at the pit but sad that our crew didn’t find a body to return to the families that lost everything.

Regardless of time, all Firefighters are proud to honor each of the fallen.

My 343 Brother Firefighters who died in the line of duty will never be forgotten.

Sign at FDNY Engine 10 Ladder 10 house "FDNY WAY, WAY BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY"

Tacked on the wall at 10s house

Fast forward to 2020, and we’re all having a rough year. But we as a nation must come together.

While it seems bad right now, we will persevere and overcome these challenges.

We will recover and rebuild because we’ve done it before. Trust me, I’ve been in One World Trade and it’s wonderful in there. Special thanks to my friends at FEMA Region II.

Delia and Kevin at FEMA Region-2

Thanks to Delia and the crew at FEMA Region-2!

…and the views was spectacular.

View of the Hudson River looking east from One World Trade Center

Statue of Liberty (south view) from One World Trade.

The view of West Street (north view) from One World Trade.

However, we will never forget the sacrifices heroes have paid for these freedoms we enjoy. At the base, of One World Trade sits the daily reminder – two incredible tributes to the victims of the September 11th attacks from the former WTCs.

Part of the September 11th Memorial in NYC.

Our colors don’t run. Our fight for freedom will will never waiver.

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We has never been shy about being in front and fighting for what’s right. As you know, our nation has gone to the ends of the earth to ensure safety…and we hope to continue this Herculean effort to protect freedoms for decades to come.

“…and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…”

America the beautiful, my home of the brave.

@rusnivek

To the best country in the world…

To the best country in the world…Happy 4th of July everyone!

Our nation who has relentlessly fought to be the home of the brave…because every true American bleeds red, white, and blue.

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And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – President Kennedy, 1960

Let freedom ring.

@rusnivek

You know it…Home of the brave!

Despite the negative outlook that the national media paints for viewers near and far, it isn’t all bad. Truthfully, because it is easier to share, negativity will only nurture ill will and infect those around you like the plague.

The future of America, my America, lies within and it is our mission we are successful. It is ingrained in each of our souls because…we are Americans and no matter the odds, we fight for what’s right. No matter the dangers, we will continue our plight for freedom that no other nation is willing to offer. 

We must continue to promise that the freedom in our hearts will be shared with the world and our dedication to our forefather’s dreams will be honored for centuries to come.

You know it…the home of the brave!


@rusnivek

Back in the day….Advertising Awards

“Back in the day, it was only Print, TV, and Radio…”

“I don’t know that I got the nuts to do what it takes to do that job,

There are many brave people in the world, but few have what it takes to win an ANDY Award. The 2015 Call for Entry is open. Submit your bravest work at AndyAwards.com.

I know that made you smile.

@rusnivek