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.
Carie Lemack, pictured in May, lost her mother Judy Laroque in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Ten years later, Lemack is on a first-name basis with Sen. John Kerry as part of her mission to raise awareness so that another Sept. 11 doesn't happen.
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Carie Lemack, 36, gave up a long time ago trying to make sense of the Sept. 11 attacks that killed her mother, Judy Larocque.
"That's not possible," Lemack says.
But she says she will never quit trying to prevent that kind of tragedy from ever happening again.
Ten years after her mother's unfathomable death, Lemack is on a mission that's taken her down a road she also never could have imagined.
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.
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.