Local Army Reservist Receives Award 10 Years After Saving South Tower Coworkers

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The Army has awarded a local New York resident and Army Reservist the highest honor for a noncombat situation.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

It all started on Sept. 10, 2001, when then-Capt. Tom Sullivan, of Breezy Point, broke the news to his family that he and his wife were expecting twins. It was the happiest day of his life, he said, but that happiest didn’t last long.

The next morning he went to work on the 95th floor of the south tower at the World Trade Center. When panic set in, Sullivan stayed put.

“Once I felt I had gotten everybody that was there, I proceeded outside and got in the stairwell, started running down,” Sullivan said.

At the 78th floor, he found many more. In distress, he spent nearly an hour helping all of them get down.

Now, Sullivan is finally getting honored from the Army for his heroic efforts. The Army is awarding Sullivan with the Soldier’s Medal.

Maj. Gen. Richard Colt said it wasn’t until the Army saw a thank you letter from a woman who Sullivan had saved on that day that they learned of his courageous acts.

“I did not know that day what he had done,” Colt said. “I don’t know if I could have had that much courage.”

Now, Sullivan will earn the army’s highest honor for bravery in non-combat situations.

“The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army distinguished him or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with the enemy,” according to the Army.

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  1. Hank Grasi, Jr. says:

    The Sullivan Family is the BEST!!!!!!!!!! I am proud and honored to be a dear friend of this incredible family!!! GOD BLESS THEM!

  2. corrupt says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house and these corrupt DOD employees are using torture as a punishment.
    With very long term harassment the FBI and DEA are intentionally creating their own terrorists and criminals when evidence of any supposed crime does not support their investigation/harassment of a suspect.
    Typical D.O.J. Investigation except they have been harassing me for 20 years.

  3. ted says:

    An actual hero recognized at last. Thankfully someone above was looking out for this good man and he made it out himself and has the opportunity to see his children (unborn at the time) grow up.

  4. proud american girl says:

    a much belated, yet well deserved honor tom sullivan. thank you for your service while wearing the uniform of the us army, and otherwise helping your fellow victims of the attacks of 9/11. i lost several friends that day, but am always heartened by the many quiet random acts of kindness that took place on that day.

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