A Prayer for my Brother
The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center heightened our awareness of many important things but it was the first responders’ selfless commitment to saving the lives of others, at risk to their own that stood apart. Their actions drove home to the country at large that first responders live and work in every community with the same, but often unrecognized, commitment.
William S. Phillips is intimately familiar with this level of dedication; he was a firefighter before he became an artist. The events on 9/11 shook him to his core. “You become a firefighter because you are driven by a sense of community and purpose,” Phillips relates.
“Firefighters always have, and always will be, walking into that burning building looking to save lives.”
Bill’s approach to A Prayer for My Brother was that of a fellow firefighter from Oregon paying homage not only to those that died in service in New York City, but to firefighters throughout this country. He wanted this work to commemorate and support firefighters nationwide.
Since its initial release as a Fine Art Edition, William S. Phillips’ A Prayer for My Brother has provided funds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in fulfillment of that goal. The organization’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. “The self sacrifice continues in every corner of this country and beyond,” says Phillips.”Some of those men and women rushing into buildings today may have been only a child when 9/11 occurred. Still, it is the same spirit of community and purpose that drives these firefighters today as it did that fateful day in New York City ten years ago.”
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