Eighteen years after the deadliest act of war on U.S. soil, a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty during that tragic day has finally been buried with dignity.
In a public statement, the Uniformed Firefighters Association claimed that the human remnants of former New York City fireman Michael Haub were definitively identified recently. Officials with the local medical examiner’s office determined that it was indeed Mr. Haub’s remains, which they found at Ground Zero in a search during the previous week.
On Tuesday (September 10), Haub was laid to rest in a formal burial ceremony. This hero’s family and friends organized the late fireman’s funeral to deliver the final honors he rightfully deserved. Haub’s former wife Erika and their son Michael Haub, Jr. were two of the close relatives who attended his long overdue funeral service.
Also, members of various ranks within the New York City Fire Department attended Haub’s funeral to honor their fallen comrade. Haub was a veteran of FDNY’s Ladder Company 4 for 13 years. He died attempting to save lives during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NYC.
“We remember [Haub] and the 342 other firefighters who perished that fateful day, and will be forever grateful for the courage they show,” reads an official statement delivered Tuesday by the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
According to CNN, approximately 200 more firefighters died from fatal ailments, which they were diagnosed with while working the wreckage site in the aftermath of the terror attacks. The New York City medical examiner’s office stated in a recent report that by July 2019, just 60 percent of the nearly 2,800 people who died on 9/11 in NYC had been identified.
On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 (a Boeing 767 jetliner) crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center shortly after 8:45 a.m (EST). The plane was traveling around 465 mph when it made impact.
Mohamed Atta, the Egyptian ringleader of the 9/11 attacks, was reportedly the pilot. He was allegedly a member of the late Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda international terrorist network. The 33-year-old Atta was reportedly assisted by four other utility knife-wielding “muscle hijackers,” including Abdul Azziz Al-Omari, a native of Saudi Arabia.
Then shortly after 9:02 a.m, United Airlines Flight 175 (a Boeing 767 jetliner) crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. This plane was traveling around 590 mph when it made impact at a considerably lower altitude than Flight 11, which had just hit the North Tower.
Marwan Al-Shehhi, a 23-year-old native of the United Arab Emirates was reportedly the pilot at the controls of the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175, which hit the South Tower. Like Atta, Al-Shehhi was assisted by four other hijackers armed with utility knives, including Fayez Banihammad. Banihammad was also a native of the United Arab Emirates.
Two other hijacked commercial jetliners were part of the Al-Qaeda-orchestrated attacks that transpired on 9/11. Just after 9:37 a.m, American Airlines Flight 77 (a Boeing 757) struck the west wall of the U.S. Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia as it was descending downward at a speed of approximately 530 mph.
Hani Hanjour, a 29-year-old native of Saudi Arabia was reportedly the terrorist pilot who led the Flight 77 hijack operation on 9/11. Hanjour was assisted by four other hijackers armed with utility knives. One of Hanjour’s “muscle hijackers” was Majed Moqed, a native of Saudi Arabia.
Approximately an hour after hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center, United Airlines Flight 93 (a Boeing 757) reportedly crashed nose first into a rural field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The hijacked Flight 93 was traveling around 580 mph when it crashed killing everyone on board.
United Airlines Flight 93 was the final plane, which was a part of the 9/11 terror plot. This plane was reportedly commandeered by 26-year-old Ziad Jarrah, a native of Lebanon. Jarrah’s plane did not hit its intended crash target, which was the U.S. Capitol Building.
Unlike the other 9/11 hijack team leaders, Jarrah only had three other knife-wielding assistants, including Ahmed Al-Haznawi. Al-Haznawi was a native of Saudi Arabia, which is where the majority of all 19 of the alleged hijackers came from.
The heroics of the passengers travelling on Flight 93 is what prevented Jarrah and his men from hitting their assigned target, which would have caused many more deaths. Todd Beamer, 32, a software salesman is the Flight 93 passenger who led the charge that disrupted Jarrah’s control of the plane.
Beamer’s courageous plan of action is depicted in the box office movie Flight 93. He’s known for saying “Let’s roll!” before a last ditch effort to barricade the hijacked plane’s cockpit doors.
Like NYC fireman Michael Haub, Beamer’s acts of valor will always be remembered on the fateful American-made day when around 3,000 lost their lives.