A Backlight Encore!
Original Post: September 11, 2011
RIP Jack Fanning: Jack Fanning was the Chief of the Hazardous Materials Unit for the New York Fire Department and died in the World Trade Center Disaster in New York on September 11, 2001. Jack Fanning is designated an Autism Light posthumously and is included on the Autism Light Memorial Roll. Jack's Bravest Memorial Entry provides information on his life. The New York Times also did a profile on Jack Fanning in 2002.
|Sean and Patrick Fanning|
The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation describes Jack Fanning's personal influence on the work of their 501c3 organization as follows:
It is the intent of this organization to fulfill Jack's final wish. Those who knew Jack remember a patient, humble-yet heroic man, who had a genuine love for people and mankind. He often said that he was the one who learned more from his 2 autistic children, then they learned from him...Jack was proud of the small accomplishments that the boys made and they relished in his love. The qualities that he possessed have been the cornerstone upon which his dream has been built. Just like his quiet manner, the Foundation has quietly persevered and we've made great contributions to those who are less fortunate. We will continue this legacy for years to come with your help (Read More in the About Us Section of the Angels for Autism Website).
Maureen Fanning was also featured in a chapter called "Love Goes On" in the book A Day in the Life of the American Woman. The YouTube video below is the story done in 2006 from that book by the Massachusetts School of Law.
Maureen Fanning is an Autism Light because of her work as leader of this autism foundation and her courage as a parent and 9/11 widow. Additional information about Maureen Fanning and the Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation are at these links.
- Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation Website
- 911 Film Project-From the Ground Up
- Maureen Fanning at the Hamburg Trial
- Campbell Supply Company Promotion of Foundation
Autism Light honors diverse heroes to the world of autism.
This Autism Light Post was mentioned in Life on the Spectrum on September 11, 2011.
Photo: The photo in this post is used with permission of Eileen Herbst of the Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation.