Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Tribute To Frank Joseph Doyle, A Real American Hero

On the morning of September 11th I was laying in bed sleeping, trying to heal my surgically repaired right knee that I had surgery on the day before.

I was awoken suddenly by my sister as she rushed into the room and yelled at me to wake up and that we were under attack.

My first response has gotten a laugh out of many people. When she told me that someone was attacking us and with me still a little groggy the only thing I could say was, “who the hell would be that stupid?”

Since I was unable to move my sister turned on the T.V. for me as I was just astonished as I watched the second plane fly into the south tower.

Frank Joseph Doyle, 39, Englewood N.J., was in his office at the time in the south tower as he was the head of equity trading for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

Frank called his wife Kimmy after terrorists struck the World Trade Center's north tower.

"I have to stay," he said.

After the south tower, which contained Mr. Doyle's office, was struck, he called her again, saying that he and many others were trapped. "He very calmly said, 'We need your help,' "

Frank was the father of two children, Zoe his daughter and Garrett his son and had a wonderful wife of 4 years named Kimmy Chedel.

He grew up playing sports all his life, mostly Hockey which he excelled at gaining praise as a goalie; he was also a big Tigers fan.

He coached hockey to kids and ran triathlons with his wife, all the while touching the people met everyday.

It truly is a shame that a great person and a great American was taken from us 5 years ago, I pray good fortune for his children who have been robbed of there father by suicidal maniacs.

When you think of are troops over seas remember that one of the reasons that they fight for us is so that children like Zoe and Garrett do not have to grow up without a father and they don’t have to grow up in a world full of hate and venom that emanates from the Middle East.

Today pray for Frank and his children and every other American soul that perished on that fateful day.

We must honor them and we must never forget there sacrifice and not let it be in vain.

We cannot forget the enemy we face is unlike any we have ever faced before, they do not care about there lives or the lives of any person not adhering to their strict interpretation of Islam.

They will continue to kill innocent people like Frank Doyle until we come together and stop them.

I only hope that I have done my part to honor this great American.


Anonymous said...

Nicely done. I feel much the same way about the things you had to say about the war on terrorism. May Joseph Doyle rest in peace and you served him well with yout tribute. Semper Fi and God Bless.

Rightwing Guy said...

Thank you my friend, its' good to hear from ya!

TexasFred said...

Nice post Terrence, you DID do a good job...

Rightwing Guy said...

Thanks Fred

Anonymous said...

Very nice tribute! I still wonder why some stayed and why some were sent back upstairs after they had gotten all the way downstairs.

But at that time it never occurred to any of us that someone would do what they did that day.

No one really thought the towers would come down.

Ebyjo said...

My heart goes out to his wife when he called her and asked her for help. My God I can't imagine the fear and heartache she felt at that moment.

Thanks Terry for bringing this gentleman's story back to life. May his legacy live on.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Frank's story with us..

My thoughts and prayers were with all the families on this 5th Anniversary of 9/11.

God bless you,

p.s.. Great blogs :)

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Anonymous said...


Yes indeed, this is a very nice tribute.

I sure hope Zoe and Garrett are OK...I have a feeling they are...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Very good tribute! You did him right.