Watkins Street past and present gathered in quarters to pay solemn tribute to our 343 (and counting) fallen Brothers who made the supreme sacrifice on a day which will live in infamy. Our Captains (Jim Duggan E231 & Chris Eysser L120) led us in formation between the rigs outside quarters for a moment of silence before assembling inside at the base of our iconic staircase where the backdrop of photos of 343 of The Bravest adorn the wall.
We were fortunate once again to welcome back many of our esteemed elder statesman Watkins St Brothers from the 1950’s and 1960’s, along with many former/recently retired members. Our two “Top Whips” were in attendance (Deacon Andy Garguilo L120 LCC & 89 year old nozzleman Seymore Schenker of E231). Playing a major role in our ceremonies, Andy Garguilo led us in a beautiful prayer while his partner Seymore played taps.
In fitting tribute, Captain Eysser read an excerpt from Father Mychal Judge (who stated the following on Sept 10th, 2001):
“Good days, bad days, but never a boring day on this job. You do what God called you to do. You show up, you put one foot in front of the other, and you do your job, which is a mystery and a surprise. You have no idea, when you get off that rig, what God is calling you to do. But he needs you….so keep going. Keep supporting each other. Be kind to each other. Love each other. Work together. You love this job. We all do. What a blessing that is.”
“The Tradition Continues…