Sunday, September 10, 2006

2996 Project: Bruce A. Reynolds, PAPD


Bruce was like a big teddy bear. He was strong and intelligent in a quiet, unassuming way.

Bruce was raised in New York City. He loved to fish and garden, a love which is carried on today with two memorial gardens dedicated in his memory (http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=Bruce_Garden_Sept11). He also loved history and traveling to Ireland to visit his wife’s family. Those who knew Bruce knew of his gentle manner and his kindheartedness. He was known to buy meals for hungry miscreants, and if anyone needed help, Bruce was always there.

On September 11, 2001, Bruce was working at the George Washington Bridge when the first plane hit. He and others jumped into a patrol car and headed downtown. Bruce had respiratory problems, but he ignored another officer’s suggestion that he stay outside due to his condition. When he arrived at the World Trade Center, he donned a Scott Air Pack, and ran into Tower Two.

I knew Bruce when he first came to the Port Authority. He was loyal to his friends and coworkers, and he was always there when someone needed a hand. When I was moving, it was Bruce who was there to help move the heavy items. He and another police officer friend of mine worked hard that day, but there was always a smile on Bruce’s face. He was one of the gentlest men I’ve ever known.

Bruce was 41 years old when he ran into Tower Two, never to be seen alive again. He left behind a wife, Marian, and a young daughter and son, Brianna and Michael, as well as countless friends and coworkers.

To read other stories of those we lost on September 11, check out http://www.dcroe.com/2996/.

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