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September 11, 2001

In light of the recent events, I will forgo my usual daily signature of humor and just ask that you look at this screen quietly for a minute and remember the lives that we lost today.   Being a kid from NY, this hit home to me and I even had a friend's mother who luckily evacuated from Tower 2 before it collapsed.   This has been a surreal and uncomfortable day.   I wish you all the best, take care of yourselves and know I am thinking about you.  

      Dave M.
September 12, 2001

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends in NY...hope everyone is safe.  

      Denise R.
September 12, 2001

Pray for all people all times, please....

      Lourdes S.
September 21, 2001

I wish I could be there with you.   Please let Helen, her mom, and Gina know that Amy and I have them in our prayers.  

      Miguel T.
September 23, 2001

I'm so sorry to hear about Jimmy, I had no idea he was missing.   I'm sure this is a hard time for you ....if I can do anything to help just let me know.   Take care...

      Mike M.
September 25, 2001

I am very sorry to here that Jimmy is still missing.   I still sometimes feel like that day is not real.   My mom was there as well as some family and friends, but thank God they all made it out.   My mom saw some really horrible things.  

      Hector S.
September 27, 2001

I am so sorry to hear the news of Jimmy missing.   Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and yourselves.   Please let us know if you hear anything.  

      Janine & Charles H.
October 6, 2001

I guess I have been on the sidelines guessing and waiting for answers or any clues as to the wellbeing of Jimmy, but I have never given up the beautiful memories of us growing up together back home.   Now more than ever I have all of you in my heart, in my prayers and in my thoughts.   I wasn't as fortunate as you to know Jimmy since childhood, I met you guys when we were all teenagers, but the years that I spent living and learning about life among you were the most memorable years of my life where I found true friends.   Never have I found another group of people so close than us.   Not even in my military world were people found to be life long friends.   Like you said, our beautiful city was under the attack, the city where we grew up, but it didn't become personal until that chilling moment when I found out that one of US was among the missing.   Now in the eve of a military action I find myself thinking about him alot, and when we get the call to ship out, HE will be my motivating force, not only to do my part as a soldier, but to live my life as a good man, husband and father.   He once called me a hero for going to his rescue when he had a car accident at the house of an ex-girlfriend.   Today I call him my HERO.  

      Julio P.
October 8, 2001

I read the letter at Helen's house.   Marilyne and Dania were there with us.   Both Lelia and I took turns reading the letter because neither of us was able to read the entire letter.  
It did help me a lot.   It described most of the feelings I have had to deal with in the past weeks.   But I can't seem to get rid of this empty feeling I have.   I keep remembering his face and thinking how much I will miss him.   Some days I walk around completely depressed.   My mom told me of someone she knows that worked in the tower Jimmy was at.   Apparently, this man that survived while walking down the stairs, saw a group of fireman on the 20 or 21st floors completely exhausted.   They had taken off their equipment and coats.   They sat down to catch their breath.   I wondered if this man had a chance to see his face.   Every day I have to hold back tears.   Last week while walking to work I saw a few city buses escorted by NYPD cars.   Inside the buses were a bunch of fireman going down or coming from the site.   I had an urge to wave and cry, but had to hold my impulse back, and kept walking towards the train.   I watch every TV broadcast from that day with the hope I will see him.   I don't know what else to do.....
I wrote a letter to the rescuers.   I felt I had to do the same you did.   I hope you found it appropriate.  

      Marlene A.
October 9, 2001

I just wanted to let you know that it is a wonderful letter you wrote.   I'm sure that everyone that knew Jimmy feels the same way.   I know that I do.   This tragedy hit me hard.   I got back from Germany on August 27, so I missed a lot of things that were happening back home.   On Sep 10th, I went up to my college to see the first Monday Night Football game with a bunch of friends -- I had to sleep over.   On Sep 11th I woke up to my friend saying, "Yeah, right, that didn't happened."   So I opened my eyes, and asked him what had happened, and he told the WTC tower was hit.   We then turned on the TV and saw the building on fire.   We then witnessed on live TV the second building being hit.   We could not believe it.   I called my Mom to tell her, but she was already watching it on channel 41.   All I kept saying was I feel sorry for those who lost family and friends.   That's when I received the terrible news.  
My Mom called me back several hours later and she was crying.   I asked why she was crying.   She said told that Jimmy had gone on a rescue mission, and that he had not called home to say that he is OK.   I was a little confused because when I went away to Germany, Jimmy was still an EMT.   So the first thing that crossed my mine was why was Jimmy there.   The 2 buildings had just collapsed and there was debris everywhere.   There was no possible way Jimmy could help someone yet.   That's when my Mom told me that Jimmy had become a fireman.   Me being away, I did not know that.   My heart just dropped.   I did not know what to do.   I was stuck in Long Island because they closed down all roads going back into the city.   I wanted to help.   When I finally got home, I went to volunteer, but they told me that they did not need anymore people.   All I could then do was pray for the best.  
I grew up on 95th street looking up to all you guys.   I always wanted to be around you guys.   I always talked about you guys in school.   You guys were like my older brothers, and now one of them is gone and it hurts.   I know he is up in heaven looking over the shoulders of the people who cared about him.   He is loved and missed by all of us.   I did not know him as long as you did, but we feel the same about him.   May he rest in peace.

      Claudio P.
October 9, 2001

Just a little note to let you know we are thinking and praying for you and all your friends.   We can't imagine your pain but as I have found out recently, good memories keep people you love alive in your heart.   Their spirit is with you to help you.   It's amazing to think that someone I don't really know can inspire you by the way they live life and set examples.  
There is a song that we sing every Holy Thursday in Lent at the Cathedral as the hundreds of priests are processing to the Alter.   Each year as the whole church sings this beautiful song, it brings tears to my eyes.   I will try to get a copy of the music for you because the words are so appropriate for Jimmy.   "There Is No Greater Love, No Greater Love Than To Lay Down One's Life For A Friend.  "
In RCIA Classes I have a prayer that we say at the end of one particular class.   It is in part as follows:  
No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones' life for ones' friends.   You are my friends if you do what I command you.   I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.   I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.   IT WAS NOT YOU WHO CHOSE ME, BUT I WHO CHOSE YOU - and appointed you to go and bear fruit that ill remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.   THIS I COMMAND YOU: LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  
This sounds much like your friend to me.   I pray that you all find peace in the fact that Jimmy was an example to people like myself who didn't really know him personally, and will try to be a better person because of his loving sacrifice to "Lay down one's life for a friend."   God bless you all.  

      Linda M.
October 10, 2001

I just had a chance to read your letter.   I'm sure it expressed feelings most of us have about Jimmy, and I hope people found it helpful in this difficult time.   Thanks.  

      Joe A.
November 4, 2001

"Your doing that wrong," he said as I flexed a set of preacher curls at Bally's, "would you like me to show you how?"   We were both 21 when we first met, then came the passionate and adrenaline-filled summer that would change my life.   Over the years, through ups and downs, wonderful and bad times, our passion grew into an unimaginable devotion and love, stronger and stronger, as we matured together, and eventually became one. lover, my best friend, my security, my encouragement, my challenger, my strength, my hero, my soulmate...this is not goodbye, just "until we meet again" when we can finally walk down the aisle, in God's presence, as we were planning to do before your journey.   I know you will continue helping people, but as an angel in heaven, this was what you were meant to be.   In the meantime, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE, CHERISH, & HONOR YOU!

      Gina P., Soul Mate
November 4, 2001

I LOVE HIM VERY, VERY MUCH and I miss him very, very much.   Thank you Pop for the fun stuff we did.   I will pray to you and talk to you every night.   Have a good day.

November 6, 2001

This site is a wonderful tribute to a Hero and good friend of Charlie & Sharon.   He is now in Heaven looking down upon all of his family, friends and brothers.   An Angel.   May God Bless America, the world and Jimmy's family and friends.   Charlie, you did a great job on your website making a nice tribute to a good friend of yours.   I'm sorry for your loss.   May GOD guide and strengthen you through this devastating tragedy.   Take care...PEACE & UNITY & LOVE.

      Terri F.
November 8, 2001

Jimmy was my paramedic student at LaGuardia Communty College.   In my 15 years as an instructor, I never met a more dedicated and compassionate student.   Jimmy was always willing to help other students, and he was respected by both my staff and his fellow classmates.   Jimmy became the paramedic that as an instructor you're proud to say he was one of yours.   I kept in touch with Jimmy after graduation because I also work for FDNY, and we'd meet at different functions (last year's Marathon).   In fact on the 11th of September I was standing on West Street at the foot of the north bridge in a forward triage sector when someone yelled out, "Hey Manny!"   I turned and saw Jimmy walking single file with the other members of Engine Co.23 ready to enter Tower #1.   By this time both towers were fully engulfed in smoke and flames.   I remember giving him 'five' and saying stay safe bro, he smiled back and kept walking in.
I never saw Jimmy again that day, but I will always remember him, and this department (FDNY) will never forget the ultimate sacarfice given by Paramedic/Firefighter James Papageorge - Godspeed Brother........

      Manuel D., FDNY
November 11, 2001

When Jimmy began my EMT class it was obvious he was a very special person.   After hundreds of protein drinks and excellent grades, he completed his program near the top of his class.   After class we continued on as friends and at my request, we partnered at WRHVA corps while he gained his experence.   I had the privledge once again to be his lab instructor during his paramedic training.   I still look at every drug and protcol card he made for himself and his classmates to study.   He was a very giving and caring person, and while I'm ambivalent about being his educator (no training maybe no FDNY), I am pleased to known him as a friend.

      John V., NREMT/P
November 15, 2001

God looked around his garden
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon
This earth and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
Godís garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, "Peace Be Thine."
He then took you up to Heaven with
Hands gentle and so kind.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
The day God called you Home.

Author unknown

      Marlene A.
November 25, 2001

Oh "Papa", I still can't believe you're gone....Anthony and I are so devastated...really, words are so lame at this even TRY to describe the pain is kind of memories of working with you are so pleasant, but my fondest memory of you is when you invited yourself to my house in Long Beach to see my Emily when she was only 3 weeks old....the way you held her and looked at her was so very gentle...a true reflection of your soul indeed, gentle....unabashedly was so cool.

Helen, Anthony and I are praying for you and your mother always, and you know you need only pick up a phone for EITHER ONE OF US...ALWAYS...ANYTIME.

Gina, I am looking forward to the pleasure of meeting must know that Jimmy loved you so very much.   He once told me that he fell in love with your "beautiful brown eyes."   I am in awe of your courage and strength....I will pray for you and Justin.

      Dorothy F.
November 26, 2001

Jimmy, it's been so long since I've seen you last and I can still remember that smile.   I remember the EMT trivia we would play with Gladys and John, and I remember the laughs we had.   In the short time we were friends, I knew you were a remarkable person, caring, generous and kind.   This earth lost a dear friend, but now heaven has a great angel.

      Patricia F., WRHVAC
November 30, 2001

Charlie thank you so much for this avenue of communication, outlet for grief, and simply a way to remember a hero, friend, and spirited person like Jimmy.   You are indeed a special friend to have taken the time to put this together.   It is filled with so much love.   I can still see Jimmy walking into the gym where the kids played basketball or onto the soccer or baseball field where my son Devon and little Justin played on the same children's league.   He seemed to be at as many games as he could attend.   Gina would show up and a few minutes Jimmy would be following.   He was there for the support and attention little boys thrive from.   Some times he had his camera and other times he had his study material for FDNY Academy.   I remember how pleased he was to be in the Academy.   He always had a warm touch for Gina, and encouraging words for Justin and the other kids.   My son often referred to him as "Ms Gina's Honey."   He was there to cheer on the kids and stick around after the games to shoot some hoops, kick a soccer ball or offer some tips on batting.   I remember the Friday before September 11th he, Gina, Justin, my son and I all went out for ice cream after the soccer game.   I am glad for memories like that.   It's now basketball season and the boys are back at the gym.   My son was at practice just the other day and he said, "Mom, being in this place reminds me of Jimmy."   "Me too, Devon," was all I could say and my heart felt heavy, and my eyes stung from trying to hold back the tears as I am doing now.
Jimmy I know you are in a place where you are still reaching out to help others.   It is such a pleasure having known you.   I will always remember your smile.   My paryers go out to Gina and Justin, your sister, Mom and all whom you touched in that majestic way of yours.   Good Night James Pappageorge.   Devon and I will miss you always.

      Audi M.
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