Rafael G. “Jova” Rodriguez ’98 insists he’s no hero.
For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Oswego alumni magazine checked in with some of the “New American Heroes” featured in our Fall/Winter 2001 cover story. Here, they share their thoughts on the attacks and the decade that followed.
On Sept. 11, 2011, the campus community marked the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks with a silent march across campus, a salute at the 9/11 memorial garden and a weekend of public service. Here, we share remembrances penned by students, faculty and staff at the memorial garden.
Scott Bart ’95<
Michelle Bratton ’00
Richard Caproni ’89
Michael Cawley ’91
Michael Collins ’84
Wendy Morris Faulkner ’74
Michael Hannan ’89
Michael O’Brien ’81
James E. Potorti ’72
Leo Roberts ’79
Melissa R. Vincent ’94
James Woods ’97
Sometimes, late at night, Capt. Joe Liselli ’87 would go up to the roof of the FDNY Ten House for a view of “the pit.”
Standing waist-deep in rushing waters, Capt. Robert Burke ’05 patiently threads his tackle.
His rod tightly tucked under his arm, he pinches the line to tie the fly.
Amid the shimmering waters, he clutches the reel and casts. The metronome motion scrapes the fly gently on the water. The line moves in gentle loops and waves.
Here in this natural sanctuary, Burke’s head runs as clear as the water. For him and his fellow soldiers, it’s a place to heal, hope and think.