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George Morell

Firefighter Who Found Business Card At Scene Felt George Morell’s Calm Spirit

CHRONICLES OF 9/11

‘He Did Not Suffer’

Firefighter Who Found Business Card

At Scene Felt George Morell’s Calm Spirit

George Morell, Cathy Raddatz’s brother, is memorialized on the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s portrait wall among the 2,996 victims. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note: Cathy Raddatz of Cooperstown, sister of 9/11 victim George Morell, read this letter of reassurance from a firefighter to Morell’s widow Robbie at the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company’s 5-10K commemorative run Saturday, Sept. 7.

Cathy Raddatz addresses the Fly Creek Fire Company’s 9/11 commemoration.

Dear Mrs. Morell:

First, let me say I know your family has suffered a devastating loss, you have my heartfelt condolences and prayers. While I cannot know your grief on a personal level. I sincerely offer my sympathy, compassion, love and respect.

I have been a firefighter for nine years now. I have seen what I thought was some of the worst things that any one human being could do to one another, until Sept. 11. I do not know the reason why I found your husband’s business card that Friday, Sept. 14.

Ever since that day I have felt I needed to find someone in Mr. Morell’s family to let them know how I found his card, where I found it and when I found it. To also let his family know that I felt an overwhelming presence and a calming feeling.

I knew this man did not suffer.

LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET

Hundreds of tiny flags in Cooperstown parks and on church lawns today recall 9/11 – Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew two hijacked air liners into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, killing 2,977 Americans and launching the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, still in progress today. The flags are an annual commemoration organized by Cathy Raddatz, Cooperstown, in memory of her brother, George Morell, who died that day. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hundreds Of Flags Mark 9/11’s 18th Anniversary

Hundreds Of Flags Mark

9/11’s 18th Anniversary

Assisted by Bosley, Gretchen Raddatz of Cooperstown places flags at Lakefront Park this afternoon, preparing for the 18th anniversary of 9/11 on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Gretchen’s mother, Cathy, organizes the annual flag displays in memory of her brother, George Morell, Gretchen’s uncle, who died in the Twin Towers attack. Hundreds of tiny banners will appear in the village’s parks and church lawns in the next three days. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
Victim’s Sister’s Memories, 5-10K Honor That Fatal Day

911’s 18TH ANNIVERSARY NEAR

Victim’s Sister’s Memories,

5-10K Honor That Fatal Day

George Morell‘s sister, Cathy Raddatz of Cooperstown, recalls her brother’s heroism in 1993, at the first World Trade Center bombing, when he carried a frail sandwich vendor from the 70th floor to safety. Eight years later, on 9/11, he called his wife and said, “Robbie, I love you. It’s the big one.” He was one of 638 Cantor Fitzgerald employees who died that day. Cathy was speaking this morning before the start of the 9/11 Memorial 5-10K race, an annual commemoration organized by the Fly Creek Fire Company. At left is Fire Capt. Rick Kelly, who emceed; at right, Assemblyman John Salka, R-West Edmeston; behind Salka is Cathy’s daughter Gretchen.  Inset, Cooperstown native Charles Hollister, who now lives in Oneonta, won the 5K event. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

On 17th Anniversary Of 9/11, Sister Memorializes Brother

On 17th Anniversary Of 9/11,

Sister Memorializes Brother

As she has for years now, Cathy Raddatz is again decorating Cooperstown church grounds with flags in commemoration of 9/11 and the death of her brother, George Morell, a Cantor Fitzgerald investment counsel at his desk during the attack on the Twin Towers, which happened 17 years ago this coming Tuesday.   At this hour, Cathy is at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church on Elm Street, assisted by daughter Gretchen.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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