Spec. Thomas K. Doerflinger was killed in Iraq in 2004. We remember the Colesville native as we re-feature his story from the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Gov. O'Malley and members of Congress Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards issue statements on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, issued the following joint statement to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and the fourth plane that crashed in Shanksville, PA: “On September 11th, 2001, life in America changed, and the country we love so deeply was forever marked by an unprecedented tragedy on our home soil. The actions of our citizens that day and in the weeks, months and years that followed are a testament to the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that our nation embodies in times of strife. As governors of two states whose …
Lee Ann Doerflinger said 9/11 cemented her son's decision to become a soldier when he was a senior in high school. Her son, Thomas, was killed in Mosul, Iraq in 2004.
Lee Ann Doerflinger holds medals awarded to her son, Thomas, including a Purple Heart. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet in November 2004 in Mosul, Iraq at age 20. On Sept. 11, 2001, Thomas was a senior at Springbrook High School. His mother said he wasn't much for academics and thought that he might want to go into law enforcement or possibly the military. The day started out “normal” and “beautiful” in Colesville, MD, but after news of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. spread to Montgomery County, Lee Ann thinks the day "cemented" her son's decision to go to war. Stationed in Fort Lewis, WA, Thomas’ mother said the reserved young man had “begun to find some direction.” He volunteered to teach young kids to write, one…
Friday, September 9, 2011
Montgomery County remembers the 11 residents who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Spec. Thomas K. Doerflinger died in Iraq at the age of 20. His mother recalls her son's life and the terrorist attacks that prompted him to join the Army.
Lee Ann Doerflinger remembers the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 as a normal day in Colesville -- beautiful even. Her second eldest child, Thomas, commuted to Springbrook High School as usual. But by the time the day ended, the young man was resolved to fight terrorism, a decision that would change the trajectory of both of their lives. Spec. Thomas K. Doerflinger was an active member of the United States Army for two years, from Oct. 2002 to Nov. 2004, when he was killed in Mosul, Iraq at the age of 20. He had entered the country less than four weeks earlier as part of the Stryker Brigade. Lee Ann recalls that her son was very bright, but didn’t make very good grades at Springbrook. He was an excellent writer, and she said that his school …
Multiple news organizations feature people and places affected by 9/11.
On the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 many news organizations are broadcasting television specials featuring people who were affected on this monumental day in U.S. history. A few of the shows include: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Eleven Montgomery County residents died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Update: The location of the community remembrance has been changed. It will now be held in the Executive Office Building, Lobby Level Auditorium at 101 Monroe St. in Rockville. The date is Friday, Sept. 9 at 12:30 p.m. Montgomery County will mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with a special ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9 in Rockville. “September 11 Community Remembrance” will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Courthouse Square Park. Local politicians, including County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Council President Valerie Ervin, as well as county police and fire and rescue personnel will participate. The program will include the remarks of a family member of one of the local 9/11 victims and performances from …
Monday, August 22, 2011
More than 50 firefighters climbed the North Bethesda Market East Tower to honor firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
More than 50 firefighters came out to climb the North Bethesda Market East Tower to honor those firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The firefighters climbed the 25-story building four times, and added an additional 10 stories to equal the 110 floors of the World Trade Center. The money raised went to the International Association of Fire Fighters' Burn Foundation.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Joe Dittmar was one of only seven survivors from his 54-person meeting in the World Trade Center's south tower.
Nine years after surviving an attack on New York's World Trade Center that killed thousands of other people, Joe Dittmar is most concerned with talking about life. His life before the attacks, the decisions that saved his life during the tragedy and the life lessons he learned after were the subjects Dittmar covered during his speech on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at White Oak Library. Dittmar, a guy with the kind of easy, amiable nature one would expect from a self-described Polish Catholic from Philadelphia, describes his life before 9/11 as pretty mundane. He was an insurance executive in a Chicago suburb, a job which frequently took him to the World Trade Center, where he was scheduled for a meeting on September 11, 2001. Dittmar …
Friday, September 10, 2010
A look back at September 11, 2001, plus a few ways to commemorate the event.
"Where were you when the Twin Towers fell?" is the question that has been all over Twitter and Facebook this morning. The 9-year anniversary of the collapse of the World Trade Center and a plane crash at the Pentagon affirms what I heard just days after the event took place: that we'd always remember where we were when we heard the news of the September 11th attacks in New York and Washington. Various agencies around the county are hosting commemorative events, including White Oak Library. The commemorative program will feature Joe Dittmar, an insurance executive who was one of only seven survivors from his meeting of 54 people inside of the World Trade Center. The Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department is also hosting Family Night at …