Unsung Heroes #115

Among the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11, 161 were from Connecticut.

Two lived in Westport: Jonathan Uman and Bradley Vadas. Brothers Keith and Scott Coleman grew up here. All worked at the World Trade Center.

They were sons, fathers and brothers. They had much of their lives still ahead of them.

They may not be “heroes” in the traditional sense. They simply went to work one morning, and were killed minutes later in random, brutal and senseless acts of terror.

But they were heroes to their spouses, girlfriends, parents, siblings and friends. They were good men, good sons, good fathers and good brothers.

We remember them today. And every day.

The Sherwood Island State Park 9/11 Memorial honors the 161 Connecticut residents killed 18 years ago today. (Photo/David Squires)

7 responses to “Unsung Heroes #115

  1. A beautiful and moving tribute, Dan.



  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    Thank you Dan. There were many unsung heroes that day. May we always remember them.

  4. Amen.

  5. Roseann Spengler

    Thank you Dan. I go to the Memorial at Sherwood Island every year that I can. I was there this morning. Scott and Keith Coleman were wonderful, wonderful young men. They were high school friends of my daughter MaryLee and son Matt.
    Although no one knows the future, as I look at my own four children today (two were in lower Manhattan that fateful day) and while I am so so grateful that I have them, my heart aches for the parents who lost theirs.

  6. Vanessa Bradford

    I watched Andrew Colabella this morning at the service this morning. So heartfelt. So well spoken. Thank you Andrew. You are a hero

  7. Hanne Jeppesen

    Never forget. I lived in NYC when the Towers were being build. before that I lived in Westport for almost 2 years (as Danish au pair). 9/11 2001 I was at home in my condo about 30 miles north of San Francisco. When I turned on the local radio at 7:30 a.m. I heard the news, it took me awhile to take it all in. I was glued to the TV all day. At the time I worked as an insurance agent, and had planned to spend the day making phone calls and do paper work in my home office. Of course I could not concentrate on work, I called a few friends, and try to call my girl friend living on Long Island I could not get through. Several people from this area was on those flights. Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, (there is a bridge named for him not far from where I live) where on flight 93. Betty Ong who made the chilling phone call after the plane was hijacked was from San Francisco. It was a tragic, un believable day, that I doubt anyone who lived through will ever forget, nor should we.