FDNY Chief to address Jupiter crowd on 9/11 Anniversary

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX)-- New York City Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Daly reflects on 9/11.

"I lost 50 firefighters that I know including my oldest friend. He went up into the North Tower and was never seen again," he said.

He was on the scene right after the second tower collapsed and continued working ground zero for 6 months.

"After what I saw at 9/11, I thought each and everyone of us needs to bring the world closer," he said.

For his part, he speaks to crowds about his own personal horror of witnessing one of the worst days in American History.

The 24-year veteran of the FDNY, now retired, has presented his message of peace, hope and tolerance in over 100 cities.

He will be the keynote speaker at a remembrance ceremony at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter at 9 a.m. Saturday.

On the eve of his speech, he shared his opinions on the controversies surrounding the 9th anniversary of 9/11.

That Mosque being built near ground zero:

"I certainly believe they have the right to put a mosque there, but it's not the right thing to do," he said.

He talked about the Gainesville pastor who planned to burn Korans Saturday.

"It's unproductive. It's a lot of bad press internationally because he wanted to prove his point," he said.

Daly hopes to inform and illuminate about what really happened in Ground Zero when he talks before the crowd.

He wants to give people his own personal reasons to never forget.

"When I was working the rouble, we found a woman's hand sticking out of the ground that had a wedding ring on it. It said to me this was a person who had a family and loved one. I still remember that picture today, something that will never go away," he said.