Remembering the Heroes of 9-11

A special “thank-you” goes out to our friends at Margate Community Church in Margate City, NJ for hosting Chaplain Bob Ossler and his “Remembering the Heroes of 9-11” talk on Friday night, September 16.

Bob was guest speaker at the regular MCC “Third Friday” event. MCC hosted a cook-out with hamburgers, hot dogs, and all kinds of delicious picnic foods.

We had a nice crowd to help us celebrate the publication of Triumph Over Terror, Bob’s reflections on his experiences as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero.


Bob met up with retired Farmington, NJ Station 15-4 firefighter Skip Ritchie and swapped firefighting stories. Skip is a regular at Margate Community Church and inspires us all with his level of energy and commitment to serving in the church. And besides, he makes the best pancakes at our bi-annual pancake breakfasts.mgcc-bob-and-skip

Of course, no dinner at Margate Community Church is complete without the outstanding desserts that members bring. Desserts galore filled the table, with more in the kitchen ready to serve. Kay Myers made her special coconut lemon cake for her own birthday.  Happy Birthday, Kay!


And here comes Bill Busch with his famous trifle!


Lucky us, we had many delicious desserts left for Sunday morning coffee hour. MCC has the best cooks!

And Bob talked and talked….and gave out hugs and more hugs… and signed copies of Triumph Over Terror.


Thanks everyone for making this Third Friday event such a special evening.

Next month’s special guests for Third Friday will be Kathryn and Ed Ross, dramatists, who will present a Wild West skit, “There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills.”  Wear your cowboy and cowgirl duds to this event!

Janice Hall Heck





9-11 Ground Zero Heroes

Hi, Dear Friends. I was given the privilege of speaking at the Millville, NJ 911 Memorial Service with some fine dignitaries. I shared one of the stories about Ground Zero Heroes out of our book, Triumph Over Terror.

Chaplain Dan Schafer photo
Chaplain Dan Schafer photo

First responders, emergency workers, firefighters, police officers, construction workers, search and rescue teams, search and recovery teams, and all the volunteers associated with the war-zone clean-up of ruin and loss–these were the true Ground Zero Heroes. Showing strength deep within their souls, these men and women embodied the definition of endurance, heart, and true grit.

These heroes worked long hours during the day and then worked more hours at night under blazing lights. Committed to teamwork, they worked to the point of exhaustion and beyond, single-minded in purpose and laser-focused on the job at hand. After the hope of finding survivors faded, they doggedly searched for remains of friends and civilians.

Danger surrounded them. Cave-ins occurred without warning. The air they breathed contained not only the stench of death, but also asbestos particles, fiberglass splinters, glass fibers, toxic chemicals, and incinerated human remains–air that could poison their futures.

Quiet and unassuming, the word “quit” did not exist in the Ground Zero Heroes’ vocabulary. They measured time not in billable hours, but how well they accomplished each job.

Some didn’t like the label “hero.” Many brushed it off, insisting, “I’m just doing my job,” or “I’m too busy to think of that nonsense.” In a place where others lost their lives, some refused to be called heroes.

A few said, “It’s hard to be called a hero when you feel so beaten down and demoralized.” But these folks rose up out of the ashes and served well. They deserve to be called heroes.

It was truly an honor to share with the Millville Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Services, and the people of Millville, NJ.

Triumph Over Terror is at Bogart’s Book Store on 103 High Street, Millville, NJ or on Amazon. The Kindle version of the book is available now for preorder and will be out September 15. It will be in bookstores around the country soon.



Thanks again and God bless you folks. Bob Ossler Chaplain

Firefighters – Everyday Heroes

Chief Michael Lippincott‘s Millville, NJ fire crew responded to a child who was injured in a bike accident. As the child was being treated by Millville NJ Rescue Squad, the firefighters fixed the damaged bicycle for the child.


I applaud these men for service from the heart. God bless you guys.

Bob Ossler Chaplain — at Cumberland County Community Church.