Thursday, August 20, 2015

By Any Other Name

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
- William Shakespeare 
"Romeo & Juliet"

Among the 343 members of the FDNY who died in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, was thirty-year-old FF Adam Rand.  FF Rand, who had joined the volunteer fire department in his hometown of Bellmore, New York upon his graduation from high school - and who had remained an active member of the volunteer company even after joining the FDNY in 1995 - was a member of Squad 288 in Maspeth, Queens.  He was one of eight members of Squad 288 who died on that terrible day while saving others.   

Adam Rand was unmarried at the time of his death although that was a condition that he intended to change.  Approximately three weeks before he died, FF Rand and his longtime girlfriend, Fiona Conroy, had become engaged.  In addition to Fiona, he was survived by his parents, Mary Ann and Jim Rand, his brother Jimmy, and his sister Lisa Rand Meyer.  His life was tragically shortened but his legacy continued on after his death

It is a parent's nightmare to outlive our child.  Mary Ann Rand, in spite of being heartbroken over the loss of her son, took solace in the fact that at the time of his death he was exactly where he would have wanted to be that morning, doing exactly what he loved to do, and doing it in the company of men with whom his bond was not simply professional but fraternal and familial...

FF Adam David Rand
FDNY Squad 288

...and eternal. 

-AK 
  

2 comments:

Judith Pack said...

I again thank you, Mr. Kenny, for these tributes you are sharing. It helps to understand the personal losses endured by the families and friends of these fallen heroes. We must never forget them.

Adam Kenny said...

Thank you Judith for taking the time to read and for taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings. Much obliged.