New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is banning clergy-led prayer at this weekend's events marking the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The mayor's office says he wants to avoid disagreements over which religious leaders participate. Some religious groups are calling the ban a sign of prejudice against religion.
Bev Marquez, a licensed professional counselor and the Operations Director at Metro Crisis Services in Denver, was one of a number of mental health professionals from across the country at Ground Zero immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She talks with KUNC's Erin O'Toole about how the field of crisis counseling has changed since then, and offers suggestions on how to deal with fears and unwanted emotions that may resurface.
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.