A Jewish pilot was awarded one of the U.S. Navy's highest honors for sacrificing his life to save his three crew mates.
At 7 feet tall, the free-standing photos in the Skirball's "Faces of Ground Zero: A Tribute to America's Heroes" show
literally loom larger than life. Grizzled firefighter Louie Cacchioli, who dodged hellish traps before leading 50 people down 23 floors, cradles his helmet like an infant. Window washer Jan Demczur, wearing a meek expression, holds the squeegee he used to pry open an elevator and bash through a wall. Joanne Gross, her eyes bewildered, clutches her brother Tommy's firefighter and cowboy hats. Next to her stands a photo of her other firefighter brother, Danny, who searched the rubble 24 hours a day until he found Tommy's body.
Tale after tale of courage and heroism are emerging from the wreckage of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil.
Though certainly one of the most bitter memories of history, the Holocaust was also a time of true heroism and great humanity. On Sun., May 6, Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley dedicated a grove of trees to the non-Jewish heroes who risked their lives to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. Lidia Furmanski of Pasadena, a rescuer from Poland, and Bert Lerno of Simi Valley, a Jewish Dane who was rescued, were guests of honor at the dedication ceremony.