Today’s Heartbreak: 9/11 Widow Lost House In Breezy Point After Hurricane Sandy
10:30 am, November 2nd | by Sarah Devlin
Oh, this story is just too sad. A woman who lost her husband eleven years ago on September 11, 2001, is having to contend with another devastating, life changing disaster: her home was burned down in the fire that engulfed the Breezy Points neighborhood in Queens following superstorm Sandy this week.
The Daily Mail reports:
It is more than a decade since Roseellen Dowdell, 55, lost her husband and sons James and Patrick lost their father when the firefighter with Rescue 4 in Queens was killed, swallowed in the horror of 9/11 but forever a hero. His remains were never found.
Thirty of the firefighters killed that day came from Breezy Point – a place once known as a summer community but long since settled into its more permanent incarnation. Today it is known across the world for the images of devastation of almost biblical proportion wreaked by Hurricane Sandy.
Today Mrs Dowdell is facing the reality of rebuilding her life again – or at least a substantial part of it.
The sadness of the neighborhood’s destruction is compounded by its close-knit sense of community. The residents banded together decades ago to combat a developer’s plan to buy up the neighborhood, relying on each family to chip in and raise the $6 million mortgage. It’s a terrible reminder that in so many devastating natural disasters, the initial storm or quake is just the beginning. The real damage reveals itself over the following days and even weeks. And this kind of catastrophic loss for a New Yorker, who paid the ultimate price on 9/11 by losing a loved one, is even harder to take.
[Via The Daily Mail]