Friday, December 30, 2016

The Calculus of Courage

Courage is not the Absence of Fear
But rather the Judgment that 
Something else is more Important than Fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

Not every hero killed by the events of September 11, 2001 died on that horrible day.  Tragically, what happened on that Tuesday morning continues to claim lives, including the lives of the heroic men and women who responded to the scene that morning - and for countless days thereafter - initially in an an effort to assist survivors and, thereafter, to recover those who did not survive. 

Bill Fearon of Cedar Grove, New Jersey graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy in September, 1994, and had been a member of the NJSP for slightly more than seven years when he responded to Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan to do what he could in the recovery effort.  His work there ultimately cost him his life. 

In 2015, following a MRI of his brain that revealed a spot on his left frontal lobe, Lieutenant Fearon was diagnosed with glioblastoma.  The diagnosis, which might have devastated a lesser individual, merely stoked the fighter in Lieutenant Fearon, who steadfastly refused to back down from it and who refused to allow it to define him.  "No Fear" was not merely something that adorned a rubber wristband.  It was his mantra.  It described how he lived his life and how, even when he was up against it, he dealt with his disease. 

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Lt. Fearon lost his fight.   At just forty-nine years of age, he is survived by his wife, Janice, and the couple's three children:  Ryan, Elyse, and Jessie.  Tomorrow, on the final day of what has been an unkind year worldwide, and particularly so in their little corner of it, his family shall gather for the immeasurably sad business of laying him to rest.

Lt. William G. Fearon, NJSP
9/3/67 - 12/28/16

"Every day I put my feet on the ground and I look forward to winning.
This is the mindset that I have. It's about living without fear."
- Lt. Bill Fearon, NJSP


1 comment:

Dee12 said...

Great guy from our town. He will truly be missed.