Father Mychal Judge became a fire department chaplain in 1992 — and he liked to join company drills. One retired fireman recalls, "I could picture him, chopping down a door with an axe. He would love to do that, too."
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When planes hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Father Mychal Judge ran into the North Tower alongside the firemen he served. Not long after, he became the first recorded victim of the terrorist attacks.
But 10 years later, his friends and colleagues remember Judge as vividly in death as they knew him in life: a gregarious, irreverent man wholly devoted to God, whom many considered a saint, in large part because of his own personal struggles.
Priest On A Fire Ladder
From the first, Mychal Judge loved to be where the action is.
The Sweetheart Balloon Rally was August 26-28, 2011 at Fairgrounds Park in Loveland, CO. The rally started in the 80s and was resurrected in 2007 to celebrate the sweetheart city. If you missed it, don't worry, the Photo Show snapped some pics of this colorful event that drew plenty of screams of delight from children and some 'oohs' & 'aahs' from some of the bigger kids.