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This powerful photo captures Capt. Michael Dugan hanging an American flag from a light pole in front of what is left of the World Trade Center after it was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. A hijacked American Airlines Boeing 767, originating from Boston’s Logan Airport, struck 1 World Trade Center (north tower) at 8:45 am. At 9:03 am, an United Airlines 767, also skyjacked, crashed into 2 World Trade Center (south tower). Both towers later collapsed.

(Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Outside of Yarnell, Arizona, in the scenic Bradshaw Mountains, is the Shrine of St. Joseph. These eerie and haunting statues occupy nooks and crannies in the granite boulders, under a canopy of juniper and oak trees. Carved in the 1940s by folk artist Felix Lucero, the shrine features scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, including the crucifixion, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the empty tomb. 

The area around the shrine was destroyed by a wildfire in 2013, the same fire that killed 19 firefighters. This was the deadliest event for American firefighters since 9/11. 

The statues were undamaged. 


Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter

Dianne Ochiltree

This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City’s Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history. One winter day in 1818, when many of the firefighting volunteers are sick with influenza and a small wooden house is ablaze, Molly jumps into action and helps stop the blaze, proudly earning the nickname Volunteer Number 11. Relying on historic records and pictures and working closely with firefighting experts, Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly not only bring this spunky and little-known heroine to life but also show how fires were fought in early America.

Barbie can be a:

• Football Coach

• Doctor

• Surgeon

• United States Army officer

• United States Air Force jet pilot

• Ambassador for world peace

United States President (not to mention an African American version as well!)

• Firefighter

• Police officer

• Astronaut

• NASCAR driver

• pilot

• Business executive

• Even a Goddamn Super hero



1. The “Momo” and “Uzeir” twin towers burn on Sniper Alley in downtown Sarajevo during the Serbian shelling of the Bosnian capital on June 08, 1992, in the first months of the Bosnian Genocide. (Photographer: Georges Gobet)

2. In a repeat attack on the Markale market, Serbs killed 68 Bosniak civilians and wounded 144 on February 5, 1994 (Photographer: Georges Gobet)

3. Seven-year-old Bosniak child, Nermin Divovic, lies mortally wounded in a pool of blood as unidentified American and British U.N. firefighters arrive to assist after he was shot in the head by Serbian snipers in Sarajevo Friday, November 18, 1994. The U.N. firefighters were at his side almost immediately, but the boy died outright. Serbs terrorized Sarajevo civilians and killed at least 1500 children in the besieged Bosnian capital. (Photographer: Enric Marti)

4. Smoke and flames rise from houses set on fire by attacking Serb forces in the village of Ljuta on Sarajevo’s Mount Igman on July 22, 1993.  (Reuters Photo)

5. A gravedigger in the besieged Sarajevo buries the bodies of Bosniak civilians in a Muslim cemetery on January 28, 1993. During the siege of Sarajevo, Serbs killed 10,000 residents, including more than 1500 children, in one of the worst episodes of the Bosnian Genocide. (Photographer: Antoine Gyori)
'Blacklist' actor Hisham Tawfiq is retiring from the FDNY after 20 years on the squad
The Blacklist’s Hisham Tawfiq may just be making a name for himself in Hollywood, but in his home neighborhood of Harlem, New York, he’s better known as the FDNY station chief of the local station for the past 20 years.

The Blacklist’s Hisham Tawfiq may just be making a name for himself in Hollywood, but in his home neighborhood of Harlem, New York, he’s better known as the FDNY station chief of the local station for the past 20 years. Now, just as he’s been promoted to series regular on The Blacklist, he’s prepping to retire from his firefighting career come fall. He talks to EW about a career of battling blazes, and what’s coming up next.

I still love it and enjoy driving a firetruck, especially up in Harlem and seeing people I know, getting little kids to jump on it,” Tawfiq says about his impending retirement. “That’s why its so hard to retire, because I still enjoy working and especially serving the community of Harlem where I grew up. It’s a very hard thing to let go.

Tawfiq didn’t always grow up imagining he’d be a fireman. In fact, he says there are about 10,000 firefighters in New York, and only two percent of them are African-American.

It was very interesting, trying to figure out why that number is so low,” he says. “My whole career has been about diversity and inclusion and trying to get more people of color in the FDNY and especially in my home village of Harlem. I’ve always wanted to guide them to the job, because it’s been such a great job for me.

But how did he get into the field in the first place?

The only reason I joined was because I came home from being in the Marines and saw a postcard about joining the FDNY sitting on the table,” he says. “So I filled it out, and that started my journey,” he says.

The New York native, who was a professional jazz and West African dancer after high school (where he was also a star running back on the football team) says his training with the marines made joining the FDNY easy.

I don’t want to say the training wasn’t challenging, but I had no problem with it,” he says. “I was a boy scout too, so I knew all this stuff — I actually became a squad leader in charge of my own platoon because it just fit naturally.

And once he put on the actual firefighting gear?

It was almost like hitting the lotto,” he says. “I felt like superman getting into all the gear and going into fires and getting dirty and being smoky. It was extremely exciting for me, and gave me that rush that I think I live for.

And then 911 happened.

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Scenes from the Pentagon, September 12, 2001

Images from the Pentagon fifteen years ago on September 12, 2001, the day following the September 11 terrorist attack.