“It’s three a.m. there’s too much noise don’t you people ever want to go to bed?” -Mick Jagger
Today is September 11, 2016.
The first thing that comes to mind is the awful tragedy 15 years ago.
It’s a day this country will never forget.
Captain Vincent Brunton of Truck Company Ladder 105, one of the best from our neighborhood died that day. He was a firefighter. “Vinny” as we all knew him, was on the job in the World Trade Center doing his job…saving people.
Vinny attended Holy Name grammar school and Bishop Ford High School. Was an excellent athlete too. I recall watching him run point guard in the schoolyard during the summer league; and loved his passion playing football for Farrell’s down at Farragut Road.
Denis Hamill, our guy from the neighborhood wrote this piece for the Daily News in 2001.
Three Brunton brothers from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn – Tommy, 44, Michael 43, Vinny, 42 – among the very best this city ever makes, all converged that morning to the very worst horror the city had ever seen. By midafternoon, Tommy Brunton bumped into his brother Michael and they would learn Vinny was missing. Tommy knelt in the Ground Zero ash and wept.
One more; Came across another story – check it out.
“I could go into his office at 11:30 p.m. and ask him a fire question and he would lean back in his chair and tell me countless stories,” the letter from the firefighter, Will Hickey, said. “He would say the best way to learn is from your mistakes. ‘If you’re not making mistakes, you are not trying.’ “
Keep Vinny’s family in your thoughts today.
John Rafferty, 10th avenue’s finest is making things happen.
“I told my wife, ‘I don’t know how to teach my son how to hit a baseball,’” he said. “She said ‘What do you mean by that?’ I just always have. No one ever taught me. You either hit it or you didn’t.”
“She said ‘Every story you tell, there’s never a parent attached to it.’ We had the biggest backyard.”
Thanks to JC for sending this link.
Great look at all the neighborhoods around Brooklyn.
This past week our school experienced more tragedy.
A teenage girl committed suicide.
It’s the second time in a month.
This time it was a senior (Last month the young lady was a freshman.)
I’m not sure why these girls did this. We’ll never know actually. But it broke my heart once again.
I recall from back in the day a guy a few years older than me from our neighborhood took his life. I loved this guy. He was awesome. Great athlete. Great family. Great dude! He always treated me well.
The families have to be devastated. Our students are stunned and in shock.
The school has provided
As a father of a 16 year-old daughter, these deaths hit home.
I knew both of these young ladies.
Suicide is a complex issue. Everyone has an opinion on it.
Who really knows what people are going through?
Everyone has problems.
We can never tell what our friends or family are going through.
Suicide is often carried out as a result of despair, the cause of which is frequently attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, or drug abuse, as well as stress factors such as financial difficulties, troubles with interpersonal relationships, and bullying
I found the above content on Wikipedia. I know it’s hard for someone to talk about these problems.
We keep things bottled up. Sometimes it’s too embarrassing for one to discuss what is going on. There’s shame. Call it what you want. But something has to be done.
There’s help but for some reason it must be hard for people struggling to reach out for help.
If you know someone who has talked of suicide, please do something. Don’t just sit there and do nothing. If you notice someone acting differently, speak up.
Life is tough, but we have to do all we can to stick it out.
We have to fight. We can’t let problems lick us. Gotta fight!
Bottom line is we have to work hard to get through our problems – and we need each other.
We can do it. Gotta band together.
I know it’s easier said than done, but we need to pull together and help.
As a group we can defeat suicide.