He­roes, Dream­ers come from all over

The Palm Beach Post - - OPINION: THE DEBATE STARTS HERE -

As we look back on Hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma, we are grate­ful for ev­ery hard­work­ing pub­lic ser­vant, and ev­ery­one who looks af­ter their neigh­bors.

Then there are the he­roes who run to­ward a dis­as­ter and risk death to save oth­ers. At this time of year, we re­mem­ber the he­roes of 9/11 as well as those of to­day.

Mo­ham­mad Sal­man Ham­dani, 23, was an emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cian and New York po­lice cadet. On Sept. 11, 2001, he rushed to the World Trade Cen­ter.

Sal­man was a hero. Sadly, oth­ers re­garded him and his fam­ily with sus­pi­cion, be­cause they were Pak­istani Mus­lims, un­til his re­mains were found un­der the north tower. He was ac­knowl­edged by Congress but the WTC Memo­rial does not honor him as a first re­spon­der.

With friends, Alonso Guillen, 31, hauled a boat 100 miles to res­cue res­i­dents of Hous­ton. They lost con­trol in rough wa­ter and cap­sized.

He died on Aug. 29, 2017. He worked as a D J and ra­dio per­son­al­ity, and en­cour­aged oth­ers to reg­is­ter to vote, although he him­self could not. He was a “Dreamer,” a DACA re­cip­i­ent brought from Mex­ico at 15 who hoped to earn cit­i­zen­ship. He did not live to see DACA re­voked.

I hope Florid­i­ans don’t need such he­roes. If we do, we should see that they come from ev­ery­where, and give them and their fam­i­lies the honor they de­serve.

H. JOAN WAITKEVICZ,

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