OWLS HEAD — The last Owls Head Village Library Garden Gathering of the season will be Thursday, September 23, at 4 p.m., at the home of Diane and Stephen Nelson, 86 Lucia Beach Rd., Owls Head.
Lynn Tierney, of Owls Head, former deputy fire commissioner of the FDNY, will speak on “9/11/2001. Twenty Years Later. A Survivors View of the day and aftermath.”
Nearly killed in the collapse, she went on to help lead New York City and the Fire Department through the aftermath. Tierney will talk about the attack and collapse and how the FDNY carried on after losing 343 members in an instant.
The talk highlights heroic firefighters who are credited with rescuing 25,000 people on 9/11, and the shattered but resilient families who struggled to manage their sorrow and face a new reality. Tierney will also discuss how the City and FDNY's recovery strategies in the first days and months were often improvised to meet the overwhelming need and the creativity and sensitivity with which they were carried out.
Prior to joining the FDNY Lynn had communications roles at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark International airports, the World Trade Center, and many other high profile transportation facilities. Assigned to the Port Authority Police, she managed communications for high profile hijackings, airplane crashes, and was a key spokesperson for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In 1996, Lynn was appointed Deputy Fire Commissioner with the New York City Fire Department by Mayor Rudy Giuliani .and served in that post for 6 years including during 9/11/01. Lynn was a member of the top management team that Mayor Giuliani assembled to help lead the city through the rescue and recovery. She had primary responsibility for handling the families of the 343 firefighters who were killed in the attacks. She later became the President of the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero. Lynn also served as Assistant Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration in charge of Communications nationwide, with eight regional offices and a staff of 88.
Currently Lynn consults nationally on crisis communications and decision making when not enjoying life in Owls Head with her dog Swish on the water.
The event will be held at the home of Diane and Stephen Nelson, 86 Lucia Beach Rd. in Owls Head on Thursday, September 23 at 4 PM.
Please bring a chair or blanket and a sweater as the location is right on the water. Simple refreshments will be served. Donations welcomed.
RSVP's appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rain/extreme weather date is Thursday, September 30, at 4 p.m.