2996: Karl Henri Joseph
Brooklyn Firefighter, Division 11, Batalion 31, Company 207.
Karl Henri Joseph was twenty-five years old on September 11, 2001, 55 days from his 26th, November 5th birthday. Today Karl Henri Joseph would have been 30 facing his 31st birthday--and no longer the “probie” (probationary firefighter) he was on that fateful day in September 2001. Karl joined the department in October 2000 and I believe was just short of a year as a Brooklyn firefighter. Under the best of circumstances it takes a very special person to be a firefighter – our natural instincts are to run away from the fire not into it. No doubt he was a man of compassion and courage –a young hero worth remembering.
It strikes me that Karl Joseph knew what he wanted and was willing to work for his dreams.
Karl Henri Joseph was also the kind of immigrant this country needs and should welcome. His parents fled from Haiti with their nine children and came to the United States no doubt with hopes for a better life. At 25 years young, Karl Joseph already had many accomplishments under his belt. He was an emergency medical technician (EMT) a firefighter and had plans for college. Karl Joseph has been described as intelligent, charismatic, good natured and loved music. I don’t know what age Karl was when he came to this country, but it is apparent that he claimed America as his home – he gave his life for the people at the World Trade Center and his country—what more could be asked of any citizen.
Five years, ten years, 25 years from now –may the family, parents and those eight other brothers and sisters, remember they are related to a hero and one who personified the best in us all. I will carry the things I know about Karl Henri Joseph in my thoughts and heart and am thankful for his short but very special life.
This tribute is part of the 2996 Project honoring all the fallen in the 9/11 attacks. Visit the 2996 site to find links to all the memorials.