As we look forward to your presence at today's "Firefighter of the Year" luncheon:
Thursday, March 9, 2006
Omni Los Angeles Hotel
251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA
...we wanted to bring your attention to the unique relationship between our City, one of it's Firefighters and the heroic passengers and crew of September 11's Flight 93 - The Flight That Fought Back.
Today at noon, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Fire Chief William Bamattre and community leaders will be joined by some very special guests in honoring the work of Captain Stephen J. Ruda, the Los Angeles Fire Department's "Firefighter of the Year".
Captain Ruda is not only being recognized for his countless contributions to the Fire Service and community, but also for an inspiring message he wrote on a tribute to the passengers and crew of Flight 93. That message reads in part:
In recognition of his sentiments being chosen as the Mission Statement for the Flight 93 National Memorial, Captain Ruda and those present today will be deeply honored - beyond our ability to express in words - by the presence and personal remarks of Debbie Borza, who lost her daughter Deora Bodley aboard Flight 93 in the courageous and successful thwarting of the terrorist attack upon our nation.
Joining Ms. Borza will be National Park Service Superintendent Joanne Hanley who guides ongoing and uplifting efforts to develop the Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania near the site where Flight 93 was brought down.
In a truly one of a kind opportunity, those present will also be able to meet simultaneously with noted Los Angeles architect Paul Murdoch who was bestowed the honor of designing the Flight 93 National Memorial. Mr. Murdoch will unveil a rendering of the Memorial at today's luncheon. Additional media images and information will be available.
The selfless actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 has evoked the eternal respect of the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department. We hope you will join with them today in honoring Captain Ruda and all those who choose to make a difference in protecting and serving our great nation.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department