Three Players Reach Out to 9-11 Heroes

Three Players Reach Out to 9-11 Heroes

Jay Adams

Published September 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Jonathan Babineaux, Michael Palmer and Michael Turner were just a small, small few of us extremely touched by the efforts of first responders after the 9-11 attacks now more than 10 years ago.

With the 10th anniversary of the horrific event now passed, Babineaux, Palmer and Turner are still doing their part to say “thank you.” Palmer and Turner donated 25 tickets each to Sunday’s game against the Eagles to Atlanta firemen. Palmer and Turner — along with a slew of teammates — made surprise visits to Atlanta area fire stations earlier this week to thank them for their service.

Babineaux is expressing his gratitude by inviting firefighters who helped in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center 10 years ago to be his personal guests at Sunday’s game.

Firefighters Sterling Poole, Robert McCain, Greg Kerr, Terrence Sherod, Kevin E. Smith — who all live in the Atlanta area — will be attending Sunday’s game courtesy of Babineaux.

After the World Trade Center Twin Towers collapsed, Poole and McCain drove from Georgia to New York. For three weeks, they looked for victims through the dangerous rubble and assisted their fellow firefighters at the site of our nation’s worst tragedy. At the time 10 years ago, Kerr, Sherod and Smith were active New York firefighters who were among the first responders and worked for several weeks through the horrific devastation.

The former New York firefighters have retired who are now Georgia residents, will be accompanied to the game by 5 Georgia-based active firefighters – Captain David Poole Station 4 and Captain Gary Poole Station 8 DeKalb County are Sterling’s younger brothers; fellow Riverdale Department firefighters, Chief Demetries Wells, Sergeant Joey Brand and Firefighter Ellis Lawrence who all lent support to Poole’s family while he was at Ground Zero.

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