Christopher Amoroso always wanted to be a hero. His job in the Port Authority represented this wish, at 0522 the morning of the attack his wife woke in time to watch her loved one walk out the door and toward the fateful moment that would fulfill his dream of protecting the lives of people that had fallen into distress. His actions that day would save the lives of many who would otherwise had perished in the collapsing debris.
A caring man who enjoyed playing with his newborn daughter, Amoroso responded to the call that would take the lives of many of New York’s police officers and firemen. His quick actions lead many to safety even while the building came down around him. He didn’t hesitate to go back in search for others even though it meant giving his own life. A man who wished to be a hero, given to him in one of the most shocking moments of our nations history.
My words are a poor choice to represent a man who is a hero. A letter published by the New York Times illuminates the soul of the man that dashed back into the building that would take his life in the struggle to protect his fellow countrymen. A letter given to his daughter to tell her how much he loved her:
"Sometimes it makes me cry, as I am overwhelmed by the joy I've been given by you and your mother. I want you to know that I consider myself the luckiest man to ever walk the face of this earth. If anything were to happen to me, I could honestly say I've known true love and happiness in my life. I've known that because of your mother and now you."
This is my tribute to the memory of a hero.
This is something that all should take to heart.