Richard Allen, Lad.15 On September 11‚ 2001 Firefighter Richie Allen was doing what he loved to do‚ he was responding to a call at the World Trade Center where he was going to rescue people. Richie became a fireman because helping people and saving people is what gave him life. Richie was a Rockaway Beach lifeguard and a New York City Public School teacher before becoming a fireman; both the children he taught and his co-workers loved and respected him. Once people met Richie‚ their lives were changed forever. Richie enjoyed the simple things in life; he loved the outdoors‚ he was creative‚ had a great personality‚ people just liked being around him. His amazing smile would light up a room and his laugh was contagious. The sacrifice he made on September 11‚ 2001 exemplifies the type of man Richie Allen was and will always be‚ an American hero who laid down his life for another. Richie’s beautiful spirit lives on in all those who knew and loved him.