Archive for September 2012
The September 16 edition of "Warrior Connection" was a review of the Rantoul Theater's group (www.rtgonline.org) production of the legendary fantasy 'PETER PAN" play written by J.M. Barrie over 100 years ago. The play reveals the need to remain young at heart and to enjoy the adventures of life. I had / have the honor to be one of the pirates. We built a scaled replica of a pirate ship for this production that will be reinstalled at the Orpheum Children's Museum in Champaign, IIllinois after completion of the play's performances.
On 9-11 Rodriquez initially rescued fifteen persons from the WTC, and as Rodriquez was the only person at the site with the master key to the north tower stairwells. He bravely led firefighters up the stairwell, unlocking doors as they ascended, thereby aiding in the successful evacuation of unknown hundreds of those who survived. Rodriquez, at great risk to his own life, re-entered three times after the first, north tower impact at about 8:46 am, and is believed to be the last person to exit the north tower alive, surviving the building’s collapse by diving beneath a fire truck. After receiving medical attention at the WTC site, Willie spent the rest of 9-11 aiding as a volunteer in the rescue efforts, and at dawn the following morning was back at Ground Zero continuing his heroic efforts.
Willie Rodriquez lost his employment of 19 years and his means of earning a living as a direct result of the attacks on the WTC on 9-11. Deeply affected, as one might imagine, by his experiences of 9-11, Rodriquez has, in a variety of capacities and through different organizations, worked ever since that terrible day to help others who were affected by the atrocities committed. He has continued in these labors, not withstanding the fact that, due to loss of his employment, he has been unable to earn a living and was even homeless for a time.