day to never forget: September 11, 2001
"You could see the wreckage down the street...smoke
was coming from the rubble."
York seemed so far away ten years ago when the reports of terrorist
attacks came flooding across television and into the newsroom.
That was then.
Soon after Ripley County residents would feel the impact with
Col. Canfield Boone losing his life in the Pentagon where he
worked. Boone was a 1966 graduate of Milan High School where
he was known to his classmates, friends and family as Buddy.
Patrick Rose who now resides in Osgood, was in New York at the
time of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He was
at the scene shortly after the initial attacks on the Twin Towers
serving with the NY National Guard 101 Cavalry out of Staten
Rose noted, We went to the armory that night (9/11) and
were granted clearance to move the next day. We arrived at 2
p.m. into Manhattan.
His battalion was staged at Battery Park where he described
the scene. You could see the wreckage down the street...smoke
was coming from below the rubble.
When his platoon crossed the Brooklyn Bridge Rose said it was
eerily quiet with no people in the streets. There was
no one walking around, Rose noted. He said usually the
area is jam packed with cars.
Women had discarded their high heels to run away,
Rose said. There were abandoned cars everywhere. He continued,
When people did not come for their cars you started to
think maybe they were dead.
Rose saw the despair on the faces of the rescue workers as they
dug through the rubble. You could see how tired the first
responders were and how angry everyone was, he said.
The day of his arrival he said their unit only pulled one mission,
which was moving through the destroyed atrium. He said they
spent a little time on the pile but there wasnt
a lot of direction. The pile he referred to was rubble from
Rose said his unit was there to assist law enforcement in setting
up a perimeter around the site. Rose says he was fortunate to
have been deployed to Ground Zero, where his resume shows he
successfully managed 30 personnel at the scene. His unit was
activated to guard the MidTown Tunnel for three months and spent
a short time at the LaGuardia Airport. He was platoon leader
at all three places: the World Trade Center, Midtown Tunnel
While Roses sisters job did take her to the Twin
Towers weekly, he knew she wasnt there on the particular
day of the attacks. He said that was a relief to him.
Rose believes Americans' way of life is forever changed due
to the terrorist attacks not only in the Pentagon and New York,
but the field in Pennsylvania where some heroes took the plane
down instead of letting it hit its intended target: the White
House. He said we must always be more vigilant now. He encourages
everyone to be the eyes and ears of police and report any suspicious
The real threats in Ripley County according to Rose are: fires,
tornadoes and burglary. He said he believes some money that
should be used locally is being diverted into state and federal
funds for possible what ifs. That money could
be used for local agencies such as fire and police, etc.
He encouraged everyone to be ready to shelter-in-place for 72
hours. This means you should always have enough supplies on
hand for a 72-hour period including water, food, medical supplies
etc. This can be used for any type of emergency, especially
one that includes the electricity being off for an extended
amount of time, which could happen with a summer tornado or
a winter ice storm.
Rose has begun his duties as the Ripley County Emergency Management
Agencys director. He comes to the position with an impressive
resume having graduated Cum Laude from Regents College-Excelsior
College in 2000. He has served as an executive officer, deputy
force protection officer and battle captain in the military
where he was deployed to Bosnia 2003-2005, Iraq 2005-2007 and
Rose served as Cities Readiness Initiative coordinator for the
Indiana State Department of Health in Jeffersonville where he
ensured seven local health departments bordering Ohio and Kentucky
successfully completed grant compliance requirements for biological
He has assisted in county and district training exercises and
acted as a liaison between county health departments and the
state. Rose also was Section Leader for state military response
efforts during the 1998 Winter Storm in New York State. He has
supervised 15 convicted youth in a secure facility where he
was employed at the NYS Department of Children and Family Services.
He was awarded the Legislative Citation of Valor from the Kentucky
House of Representatives and NYS Defense of Liberty Ribbon with
World Trade Center device.
Having done all of that and more, Rose comes to Ripley County
to help make sure its citizens continue to have the emergency
management care they are used to. He succeeds Wayne Peace, Versailles,
who was the director for several years.
Hesitant to take any praise for his military career, Rose told
The Versailles Republican, Wayne (Peace) is a real
war veteran, and there are plenty who did more than me.
Peace served in Vietnam where he received two Purple Hearts
for being wounded and many other honors.
COURTESY OF J.PATRICK ROSE
This scene was the atrium at the Twin
Towers in New York after terrorists attacked on September
11, 2001. This has been repaired and when Patrick Rose
and family recently visited there this summer they were
able to walk in the very place where the rubble is shown.