Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Strength of Heart

Valor is Strength, not of arms and legs,
But of heart and soul;
It consists not in the worth 
Of our horses or our weapons,
But in our own.
- Michel de Montaigne

Denease (Denny) Conley, forty-four years young, died on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, while doing something at which she excelled:  Helping someone else.  Denny Conley was manning her post in the North Tower on that terrible Tuesday morning.  Her employer, Summit Security Services,  provided the building security services for the World Trade Center.  Denny Conley worked the lobby.  She was last seen directing and guiding people out of the building to safety.  

Prior to joining Summit Security Services, Denny Conley served her country as a member of the United States Navy.  Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she made New York City her home.  She earned a Bachelor's degree from Hunter College in English and Philosophy.  On a dare, she took up - and passed - the qualifying exams to be a member of the FDNY.   

There are those among us who shrink in the face of a challenge.  Fortunately, for those who needed her that morning, Denny Conley did not.  She rose up to face it - and to conquer it.  

And the world is a better place for the time she spent in it. 

-AK 

2 comments:

Judith Pack said...

Remembering... thank you again.

Adam Kenny said...

You're welcome. Selfishly speaking, I do this as much for me as for anyone else. It helps me to remember - and allows me to take a few minutes learning about the life of someone for whom all I had known about them was when/where they died.