WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Mary Fetchet Keeps Moving Forward With Voices Of September 11th
NEW CANAAN, CT (WCBS 880) – Mary Fetchet, co-founder of Voices of September 11th, is relieved that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but doesn’t want to dwell on it.
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“I still don’t like to even focus on him. My need is to focus on helping the families and those that were impacted to move through the tenth anniversary,” she said. “I refuse to focus on Osama Bin Laden. It’s just not even worth my time.”
Fetchet’s son Brad was 24-years-old and on the 89th floor of Two World Trade Center on 9/11.
“[On] the tenth anniversary, the memorial is going to open and that’s going to be just a wonderful event. It’s going to be a tenth anniversary as a milestone. A lot of family members are going to be coming for the first time,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.
She’ll be there thinking of her son and all of the other wonderful people lost on that horrific day.
“There’s something in memorializing where people like to run their hands over a name that’s etched and they’re going to be able to do that this year,” she said. “So, it’s going to be a very emotional time for the families.”
LINK: Voices of September 11th
Fetchet is a social worker who gradually became an advocate and an activist.
The nation’s leaders listened.
“Getting the 9/11 Commission established was a significant accomplishment that even I don’t really recognize historically about what we were able to do and so I became an expert in intelligence reform and information sharing and interoperability and all the issues,” she said. “I think we had a moral responsibility to continue to promote the 9/11 Commission and then the reforms that they established. So, I think we’ve made a lot of progress in that area. Are we ever going to be 100 percent secure? Absolutely not.”
Her main focus continues to be providing support services for families.
“Contrary to what people might think ‘Well, gee, 9/11 was ten years ago,’ the scope of our work is tripling almost every year,” she said. “It’s unpredictable – how many lives that we’ve touched. We just keep moving forward.”
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