Saturday, September 09, 2006

9/11 Tribute for Gregory Wachtler

This is to honor Gregory Wachtler, who was age 25 when he was killed on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center on the 93rd floor of the North Tower due to a terrorist attack. He worked as a research associate for the Fred Alger Management company. Gregory was a resident of Ramsey, NJ. He liked to play basketball with his friends.Here are some thoughts from a co-worker.

Because he was avid participant in blood drives, his friends, family, his company, and many generous donors raised enough money to purchase a Bloodmobile in his honor and in honor of all those who perished on 9/11. Here is an article about this. Gregory's parents, Paul and Nassima Wachtler of Ramsey, teamed together with Community Blood Services to collect 15,000 pints of blood - the same amount that was lost that fateful day when 3,000 perished. As of February 2006, they reached an additional goal to raise enough money for an additional bloodmobile, which will be known as Gregory's Bloodmobile and will bear his likeness as an incentive to other young people to make blood donations a part of their lives.

Gregory is an alumni from Rutgers University, who also honored all those lost in the 9/11 attacks. Here is an article about another blood drive in Gregory's honor at the Rutgers Student Center.

I found this list of victims from 9/11 that were alumni of Rutgers University, including Gregory Wachtler. Four alumni were on board Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. One alumni was aboard Boston Flight 175 that crashed into the WTC. Thirty-two Rutgers Alumni died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and two alumni family members also died in the World Trade Center that day. That is almost 40 people, and those are just the ones related to Rutgers University, somehow.

The goal of the terrorist is to make us say, I am afraid. Well, I say, I will not fear, but trust in my God, who is my refuge and strong tower. I will not be afraid. God's Word in the Holy Bible says that "the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10, NAS version) . What those terrorists did was definitely stealing, killing, and destroying innocent lives. They destroyed the life of Gregory Wachtler and thousands of others.

That morning on 9/11/2001, I sat on my couch nursing 5 week old Dancer Girl. As I watched the news, I cried and prayed for hours. On that day, I did not know Gregory Wachtler, or anyone else in those towers or on those planes. Well, Dancer Girl is 5 now and someday I will sit her down and tell her what terrorists are, and how unlike our God they are. A God of life and hope and mercy.

I pray that we will become consolidated in our beliefs that no one trying to follow that which is good and right will participate in or endorse any behavior that leads to stealing, killing, or destroying any human life. God gives us mercy and grace, and I think every human is due our respect and prayers, especially the victims. Also, I say, pray for the terrorists. Apparently they are clueless, if somehow they can wholeheartedly believe that the death of humans is for God's glory and will lead people to know Him. God have mercy on their souls, and may they turn away from the ways of destruction and death, and turn towards life, mercy, and peace.

Gregory Wachtler gave of his own blood countless times so that others might have health and life. Leviticus says that "the life of the flesh is in the blood." (Lev 17:11, NAS). Terrorists took away the lives and spilled the blood of thousands. May we not be wasters and destroyers like the terrorists, but givers and promoters of life like Gregory.

15 comments:

Alissa said...

Very well written. Thank you for sharing.

Cathy said...

He was so terribly young but of great character. Thank you for such a wonderful profile of such a kind young man.

Motherkitty said...

A fine young man died unnecessarily just as all those others on 9/11. He will be missed by those who loved him and we will remember all those who lost their lives this day. Thank you for participating in this project.

Please invite your readers to view my special tribute to Cynthia Motus Wilson who died when the WTC Tower 1 fell.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Very nice tribute.

cathy said...

Hi, I found you from your Mom's blog. So many o four very best were taken from us on 9/11. It is heart breaking to read all these wonderful tributes and yet it makes us so much more compassionate.

Thank you for doing this Kitten Yarn!

My tirbute for Adam K. Ruhalter is up, if you would like to read it.

Dawn said...

That was a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful man.

My triube to Joseph Kellett is also up.

Leish said...

What a touching post!

Franny said...

Wow, that is so very sad. A good man though, you can tell. I don't know what to say. I am a little thunderstuck i think.

Dragan said...

I knew Greg. He was a good friend of mine. I met him through one of my others friends (they were childhood buddies) that went to Montclair State University. Greg was very funny. Just like the rest of the guys that I hang out with from the crew (including myself), Greg was able to charm the women. He was a good guy!! I will be seeing his parents tomorrow night.

Dragan said...

BTW, thank you for honoring him. That was very nice.

Alipurr said...

you are welcome, Dragan

Tiffany77 said...

Approaching the 10 year anniv of 9/11, I had searched for Rutgers Alumni that were victims, hoping nobody I knew while at Rutgers (95-99) was on that list, and sadly recognized Greg's name. I didn't know him very well, I had a student job at the pool hall on campus and would play pool with him and laugh & joke around. He was a very funny, intelligent, and quick witted guy. We would joke that because we're both redheads we had to make people laugh. I also remember he had a tender yet confident way about himself, a good man. Just so sad to know he perished that day. I wish his family and close friends all the love and support in the world. RIP.

-Tiffany Crespi

Alipurr said...

Tiffany,
thank you for your memories of Greg Wachtler. I did not know him at all, but wanted to participate in something to help people remember all the individuals and families that were affected that day. May God give you comfort and peace in all you do
blessings
allison

EddieK said...

Gregory's parents endowed an experimental economics laboratory at Rutgers in his memory. The web site for the lab is here:

http://cebid.rutgers.edu/

There are pictures of Gregory and his parents on the web site. The lab provides a lasting tribute to Gregory and his time at Rutgers.

Alipurr said...

Thank you, Eddie K, for adding the link to the lab Gregory's parents set up in his memory at Rutgers. May we never forget each and every person who died or tried to help people that day.

here is the link again...

http://cebid.rutgers.edu/