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USATF NJ Feature

Glen Weaver A Reluctant  Hero
By: Beryl Hahn

Most of the people in track & field who know Glen Weaver, know him as a fun-loving guy who would give you the shirt of his back.  They know him as a good athlete and they know that he is a fireman in New Jersey.

            What they don’t know, is that he is a true hero.  When the horrible events of September 11, 2001 began, he was on duty in Jersey City, at the firehouse.  He and his colleagues were dispatched immediately to the World Trade Center.

            Glen would be the first person to deny his heroism, however, I disagree.   Though I appreciate sports and the athletes who participate in them, it has always bothered me that people call them heroes. They are good (or bad) role models; they are spectacular show people; they are many things.  But a hero to me, has always meant self-sacrifice and one who goes beyond what they themselves could possibly imagine.  After the past few weeks, I believe that more than ever.

            As Glen and his friends prepared to enter the WTC as it was burning, one of them needed a mask.  Glen gave him his and went to get another.   The friend is still in there.  He didn’t make it.

            When Glen turned to go back to enter the building, the first of the towers came down. Like all those there at the time, he had to run for his life. Some made it; some didn’t.  Glen was one of the lucky ones.   He made it.  Why, he doesn’t know. He will never know.

            He went back and tried to find his friends and whoever else he could find.   He worked at Ground Zero until they made him leave.  He told me that in all the years he has been a fireman and involved with many disasters, he had never, ever, seen anything like the World Trade Center after the impacts and explosions.  ‘It’s true’ he said. ‘You can’t get the true picture through television. The sights, the sounds, the smell, the intensity of it all.’

            He also told me that he was about to enter that building despite knowing that there was nothing much he could do to stop the fire and destruction.  He wanted to try and save people.

            Glen - That is a hero to me and to many others. God Bless You!


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