Synopsis of the Film

From The Ground Up: 10 Years After 9/11

"The brave are those who see imminent danger and then still walk into it."
That's how Maureen Fanning, widow of NY Firefighter, Battalian Chief Jack Fanning, describes the selfless sacrifice the FDNY made on September 11, 2001. 343 New York City firefighters died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The bravest of the brave; they were fathers, sons, brothers, and most were husbands.

"FROM THE GROUND UP" is the story of their widows. It is the story of trying to make sense of madness, of comforting their children and mourning their losses while the world watches. It’s the journey, taking two steps forward and one step back, through tears, depression and laughter, to triumph through tragedy. It’s the story of honoring their heroes in the most fitting personal ways they can imagine.

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Letter From The Producers Of The Film

October 29, 2010

firefighter_boot_donate-white-8bAlmost ten years ago, on a day when the New York sky was a perfect blue, the unthinkable happened. My friend, Andrea O’Hagan and I lost our husbands during  the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.  We are the widows of heroes, Lt. Charley Garbarini and Lt. Tom O’Hagan of the FDNY.  Over the past nine years, we’ve had a unique opportunity to watch many 9/11 families  emerge from their grief to improve the world through large and small acts of kindness. They have inspired us to action.

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