2021 - August - CDT - Helping Hands

By: Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, August 12, 2021

I’ll always remember where I was. Like many other Tuesday mornings, I was following along with my Rodney Yee morning yoga DVD while our infant son lay next to me. When I finished, the TV was on NBC and the Today Show. The image on the screen was one of the Twin Towers with smoke billowing from it. Alarmed, I called to my husband, John, and he came into the room.

On most Tuesday mornings at this time, John would have already been in Manhattan. But this day, he was going in late because he had worked into the early morning at an event the night before. As we stood there watching the screen, we saw the plane hit the other tower. I vividly remember John’s and my eyes locking with a look of, “What next?”

While we tried to maintain a level of calm for our five-year-old daughter, John called his friend’s office who worked in a building next to the Twin Towers and encouraged them to leave. He called his coworkers and told them not to go into the office. Like many others in the world, we waited and watched. We waited, watched, prayed, stayed away and hoped for the best.

But while we were waiting, others were springing into action. Emergency workers were rushing to the scene to help. The courage, compassion and integrity that it takes to run towards danger is truly beyond me. Yes, I’ve stepped in the way of danger when my children were at risk, but as a professional who chooses to do it on a daily basis, I’m in awe and full of immense gratitude.

While holding that gratitude and in honor of the lives lost on September 11, 2001, Koch Funeral Home has joined with Alpha Fire Company to create a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. As two organizations whose missions are to care for and serve our community, this effort is designed to provide a meaningful space for neighbors to come together and remember.

Koch Funeral Home Supervisor and Funeral Director F. Glenn Fleming and Alpha Fire Company President Shawn Kauffman serve and care for this community. Fleming has spent more than 50 years honoring lives. And Kauffman believes strongly in first responders honoring those whose lives were lost.

The Ceremony will include guest speakers and a memorial ringing of the fire company bell at six specific moments recognizing the events of that tragic day. Afterwards, guests can tour the fire station and meet local first responders. Light food and drink will be available.

We hope you join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Alpha Fire Company, 400 W. Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

2021 - December - Gazette - Life, Love and Light

Life, Love and Light If you’re driving on South Atherton Street in State College this New Year’s Eve, we hope you notice the luminaries on Koch Funeral Home’s lawn. Each one of these luminaries re...

2021 - November - Gazette - Collective Grief, Collective Gratitude

Collective Grief, Collective Gratitude Our Monday’s Moments at Millbrook Marsh program, in conjunction with Centre Region Parks and Recreation (CRPR), includes time for sharing, talking about diff...

2021 - November - CDT - Helping Hands

I love Thanksgiving! With its focus on family and gratitude, it’s one of the best holidays for me. Both of our children will be home this year, and since we’re all fully vaccinated, we’ll get to sp...

2021 - October - Gazette - Have the Talk of Lifetime

Have the Talk of a Lifetime It was our usual Monday morning walk through the neighborhood about one month ago. My husband, John, and I were a little over one mile in and walking up a hill when he ...

2021 - October - CDT - Active Life

Community I’ve been thinking about the beauty of “community” lately. In my work, I have the privilege of seeing it time and time again. We invite people to gather together around a specific event,...

2021 - September - Gazette - A Place to Take Your Grief

A Place to Take Your Grief When my husband and I were living through the years of losing our first six pregnancies, angels became significant to me. Angels symbolized the lives that began in me an...

2021 - August - Gazette - Courage

Courage While driving through the western U.S. on a recent trip, I was struck by several acts of courage I saw during my travels. Park rangers at the Grand Canyon who walked out on the sheer ledge...

2021 - July - Gazette - Life with Tears & Laughter

Life with Tears & Laughter When people from a Christian tradition provide me with the honor of officiating their loved one’s funeral services, a common scripture reading they request comes fro...

2021 - June - Gazette - Intimacy with Disappearance

Intimacy with Disappearance In his meditation on vulnerability, poet and author David Whyte wrote: “…The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger...

2021 - May - Gazette - Breathe in Moments

Breathe in Moments One by one each of us entered the glass-enclosed circular chapel in the mountains of North Carolina. We removed our shoes and quietly sat down in a circle in the center of the r...