May 19, 2007

Positivity: 41-year-old N.Y. doc answers Air Force’s call

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 12:01 am

From New York City (HT Free Republic):

Little else is audible above the sounds of construction and traffic. Although it’s been nearly six years, a constant flow of onlookers still gather on the breezeway above to view the site of one of the most tragic events in American history — 9/11.

Passersby pause at the “Ten House” long enough to admire the bronze wall sculpture that memorializes the firefighters lost on that day. Others, on their daily commutes, steal a glance at the bright, red fire trucks parked just inside the open garage of the firehouse that faces the fenced perimeter of Ground Zero.

It is here that a 41-year-old physician and volunteer firefighter took an oath that will change his life for years to come. On May 10, Dr. Alan Flower, a 14-year physician and native New Yorker, crossed into the blue.

“We stand here in the shadows and surrounded by the spirits of great heroes,” said Maj. Gen. Rick Rosborg, childhood friend and officiator of Dr. Flower’s commissioning ceremony. “The great heroes who rolled out of Ten House on that horrible September morning; who ended up sacrificing their lives and their futures for their families and their communities and for this country.

“As we stand in the shadows, surrounded by the spirits of those tremendous men and women of the U.S. military fighting the war on terrorism who are suffering and, in fact dying, for our country, I couldn’t think of a more fitting place or a better time to swear in and commission Dr. Alan Flower into the U.S. Air Force medical corps,” General Rosborg said. “It is truly a great, great afternoon.”

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