John Feal – An Everyday Hero

“A hero is somebody who understands the responsibility that comes with his own freedom”- Bob Dylan

On September 12th, 2001 Nesconset resident John Feal answered the call to go to New York City and help with the debris at Ground Zero. The construction worker and veteran found himself working 12-hour shifts to help in whatever way he could.

On September 17th, 2001 a 4-ton steal beam came crashing down on his left foot. What happened next would forever change the course of Feal’s life. He soon learned that part of his foot would have to be amputated.

As if that wasn’t enough to overcome, the incident wouldn’t be covered by the victim relief fund provided by Congress because it happened more than 96 hours after September 11, the cut off for eligibility. John Feal was a day late according to those rules.

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