Sunday, September 10, 2006

The 2,996- Sean Patrick Tallon

When aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center's twin towers, it was New York City's Bravest that did what they did best - head directly in to danger, in order to save lives. Firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs - side by side - as was the case so many times before.

Together with members of that city's Finest, they made their way to the heart of the tragedy. Grabbing their gear, the firefighters began rushing into the gigantic structures to assist with their safe evacuation, while the paramedics and EMTs began tending to the injured below.

It was while doing those jobs - in the kind of rescue that they had performed so well, so many times - that their lives were taken from us. (Taken from here)

Sean Patrick "Charger" Tallon was one of those such men. At 26, he had only a month or so left of being a "probie" (a probationary firefighter). Sean was one of the first responders, along with the other members of Ten House. Their station was right across the street from the World Trade Center. On the way up the stairs of Tower One, Sean helped a fellow firefighter that was having a heart attack, then he continued up with two more of his fellow firemen. They were trapped when Tower One collapsed.

Sean led an active and varied life. He was a Marine Corps Reservist. He also loved Irish music and playing the button accordion. He would practice for an hour or more on many evenings. The steady, easy flow of sweet hornpipes, tasty reels, and lively jigs would fill the house.

This is part of a song that was written for Sean, and was played at his funeral:

"Up the stairs boys, running to the top

Without a thought to slow or stop

Upstairs boys on 9/11 and they kept on going

to the gates of Heaven.

With the men of Ten House was Sean Tallon...

Although he wasn't the first, he wasn't the last...

With love of God and Country he never thought he could

see such acts of hate...

As we remember our Charger and the others

and shed a mournful tear for all his fallen brothers,

Although we didn't know them all,

we knew them well enough to know what they were made of...

And that was hero stuff.

written by Dereen and Marian Griffin

Sean left behind his parents, grandparents, sister and brother-in-law, and extended family in the United States, England, and Ireland, along with many friends. He is greatly missed by all.

May you rest in peace Sean Patrick Tallon. I would like to offer up this blessing:

Traditional Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind always be at your back,

The sun shine warm upon your face,

The rain fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Thank you for all that you and your brothers do and have sacrificed for all of us! You and yours will be in my prayers. ~Rebecca Buchenot

note: I wanted to add more pictures, but Blogger decided that I had enough. Grrr! I'll try to add more later.

Check out these cool links:

2,996 Memorial List ~List of ALL the blog memorials!

Ten House Homepage~ They have an AWSOME site!!

Fire Store ~ Cool Stuff!


The Meezers said...

what a wonderful tribute. I think that my eyes will be very sore and swollen from tears after I finish reading all of the tributes. Thank you for letting me know Sean- Meezers Mom

Hot(M)BC said...

Oh that was a super tribute. I find I can smile for Sean's life, even past the tears for the tragedy.
Many Blessings,

Cindy said...

Beautiful tribute to a real hero. Thanks!

My tribute to Jean Hoadley Peterson is up on my blog.

craziequeen said...

Very nice, Purrs! :-)

I do so love that Irish blessing.

A fine tribute to a fine young man.

pandora and charlie's mama

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tribute to Sean! So many heros were tragically lost that day.

Kirsten said... really did an amazing job....thanks for doing this, your words mean so much...
take care

I remembered Vincent Cangelosi

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Beautiful tribute to another hero of 9/11. Very nice.

DEBRA said...

What a beautiful tribute to Sean. I found while doing my memorial to Durrell (another irish firefighter) that my admiration grew even more for what all of the emergency workers did that day. In the absolute face of danger they just rushed in to save lives, and many they did.

Thank you for your remembrance of Sean. May his family find peace.