The day of the tragedy, I was off duty. Being an NYPD officer, I didn’t even wait for a call, I just went into the city as fast as I could. When I got to ground zero, it was hard to imagine what had once been there. It all looked like a bad movie. Between the horror of what I had to see, plus the stench in the air, it was almost overwhelming. The hurt I felt over the loss of other officers and firemen will linger with me for the rest of my life. The stories I could tell you of heroic acts by cops and firemen would be almost endless. I wish to express my condolences to all of the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy. We are still working diligently in the recovery effort to give peace of mind to all of those affected. My prayers go out to all.

Brian Winrow ’94
Levittown, New York

I went through some of the longest hours of my life until I finally learned that my husband and others we knew had escaped uptown and were unharmed. Some of our other friends and colleagues weren’t as fortunate. The towers were not my favorite buildings; I always thought that they were ugly. But I grew up watching them rise up into the New York skyline. They were a touchstone—I knew I was “home” when I saw them. I feel robbed of what they represent, and still cannot quite believe that they are gone, along with thousands of innocent people. Regardless, I have made up my mind that I will do whatever I can to continue to support the ideals and activities I hold most dear. Freedom has taken on a new significance for me, for all of us.

Alison Blackman Dunham ’75
Brooklyn, New York



I express my deep sorrow to U.S. citizens and to the victims of dreadful terrorism in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.

Tohru Murai G’69
Hachinohe, Japan

Professor Laurence Thomas ended class early. He invited us to a local coffee shop to further discuss our feelings in a more casual environment. It was perhaps the best discussion I have ever been a part of, and I have to thank Professor Thomas for giving us that.

Kurt Semder ’05
Valley Stream, New York

We have to remember that terrorists have no religion, cast, color, or nationality—they are always terrorists. Please convey my heartfelt sympathies to those who have lost their near-dear ones. Let us pray for peace to the souls of the people killed in the attacks as well as those who died during rescue operations.

Nilmani Pramanik, Ph.D. student
Syracuse, New York

The far-reaching consequences and pain of the events of September 11 will remain with us a long time. As the horror of that day is replayed by the media, and the personal stories bring home the destruction and carnage, I plead that we retain some sense of civility and perspective. People filled with hatred and rage at the United States have done this. It is imperative that we recognize that the majority of people living here love this country (be they citizens or not) and are in shock and disbelief. It was not just American citizens who were maimed and killed on Tuesday. To accuse or to hold responsible individuals merely because they appear to be “foreign” or Muslim is to completely misunderstand the nature of such international acts of terrorism. They were meant to instill fear, lack of trust, and insecurity in all of us. The reactions of unity and patriotism are to be applauded; however, our efforts to seek justice must not be the cause of random accusations and acts of vengeance. We are a nation inhabited by people from other places actively contributing to the society. It is our great strength. We must remain humane in the face of this inhumanity.

Geraldine de Berly, Director,
SU English Language Institute
Syracuse, New York


    Frank Cammuso ’87 Reprinted by permission of The Syracuse Post-Standard

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