Most of the people in track & field who
know Glen Weaver, know him as a fun-loving guy who would give
you the shirt of his back. They
know him as a good athlete and they know that he is
a fireman in New Jersey.
What they dont
know, is that he is a true hero. When the horrible events of September 11, 2001 began,
he was on duty in Jersey City, at the firehouse.
He and his colleagues were dispatched immediately to the World Trade Center.
Glen would be
the first person to deny his heroism, however, I disagree.
Though I appreciate sports and the athletes who participate
in them, it has always bothered me that
people call them heroes. They are good (or bad) role models; they are
spectacular show people; they are many things.
But a hero to me, has always meant self-sacrifice and one who goes beyond what they themselves
could possibly imagine. After the past few
weeks, I believe that more than ever.
As Glen and his
friends prepared to enter the WTC as it was burning, one of them needed a mask.
Glen gave him his and went to get another.
The friend is still in there. He
didnt make it.
When Glen turned
to go back to enter the building, the first of the towers came down. Like all those there at
the time, he had to run for his life. Some made it; some didnt.
Glen was one of the lucky ones.
He made it. Why, he doesnt
know. He will never know.
He went back and
tried to find his friends and whoever else he could find.
He worked at Ground Zero until they made him leave. He
told me that in all the years he has been a
fireman and involved with many disasters, he had never, ever, seen
anything like the World Trade Center after the impacts and explosions.
Its true he said. You cant get the true picture through television. The
sights, the sounds, the smell, the intensity of it all.
He also told me
that he was about to enter that building despite knowing that there was nothing much he could
do to stop the fire and destruction. He
wanted to try and save people.
Glen - That is a
hero to me and to many others. God Bless You!