FDNY fireman Lee Ielpi cradles the helmet found near his
fallen son, Jonathan, of Squad 288, on December 11, 2001.
Only about 15 or so firemen's helmets were recovered at
Ground Zero. Soft-spoken, kind and always the perfect gentleman,
Lee entrusted me with honor of capturing this tender moment.
I worked with Lee for many months down in the hole at Ground
Zero. Before we said goodbye, Lee told me, "Gary, I know
my son is in better hands now but I'd rather have him in
mine." Lee recently formed an organization called the September
11th Families Association and you can check out the website
at 911WVFA.org. This group offers peer support and is quite
active in media relations surrounding the future of Ground
Zero's redevelopment. Most importantly, Lee's group campaigns
to make sure that the footprints of the original Twin Towers
is left untouched and preserved.