Heroes, Dreamers come from all over
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,