Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends...John 15:13 KJV
This is my tribute to a true American hero. A man who was devoted to his family, his community, helping others, saving lives. A man who placed the welfare of others before his own. This was a man, as many noted, who never waited to be asked to do anything. If there was a need, he was there.
So it was on 9/11 when he received the call about the World Trade Center. He headed to the scene, suited up and went in to rescue survivors. He was last seen in a stairwell in the South Tower on the 20th floor, leading people out of the tangle of smoke and destruction.
Shield Number: 14356
Thomas Langone came from a family and tradition of heroes. His father, Paul, who died in 1985, had been a volunteer firefighter with Roslyn Rescue for 33 years. Paul's uncle had been a volunteer firefighter for many years before him. From as early as they could remember, both Thomas and his brother Peter had wanted to follow in their footsteps. They dreamed of saving lives and serving others.
And He will raise you up on eagles wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand
.....from "On Eagles Wings" by Michael Joncas
Click on the links below for information on the life of this remarkable man:
Firehouse.Com News - Tragic Family Affair
On the Job Together - Legacy.com Tribute
Officer of the Year Award 2002
Best of Queens - Heroes 2002
2002 Sloane Public Service Awards