Richard Allen Pearlman is one of the youngest people to die as a victim of 9/11....on the day of his death, he was only 18 years old. The amazing thing that I have learned about Richard is that he wasn't what you expect when you think of an 18 year old male.....not at all. According to all of the posts and message boards dedicated to Richard, he was hardworking, kind, had a smile for everyone and a great sense of humor. He was also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Boy Scoutmaster of Troop 106 in Middle Village, New York. He also was employed by a law firm in Queens and was a young man who wanted to not only succeed, but to help others by doing so.
In fact, he was so driven that he had told his mother many times, "I'm going to be a famous person one day, Mom. I'm going to help save the world. You'll see."
Unfortunately, he died living by those words that he spoke so often. Richard was a volunteer medic and dispatcher for the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps and had hoped finish school and become an EMT. He did not have to go to the World Trade Center at all, but while running an errand for his law firm in Queens, he heard what had happened and decided that he had to help. Although his employer begged him to get back to work and not go near the towers, Richard felt that it was his duty to make a difference and help others in need. It was there that he was last seen, in a picture depicting him and others trying to work through the utter ruin and chaos in order to help others who here injured and scared.
I leave you with the picture above.....Richard posing with the Volunteer Ambulance Corps of Forest Hills, NY (pictured top right). Anything else that I could write at this time would be plagiarism, so you are invited to read a tribute by a coworker from the VAC of Forest Hills here as well as messages left in tribute to Richard at this site.
Richard died because he felt that it was his job to help others, according to various quotes by his sister, Lisa. He had a choice to go back to Queens after hearing the explosion first hand, but put others before himself and for that, I admire you Richard. Wherever you are, I hope that the Lord is watching over you and keeping you close as you deserve it for being one of his true angels. Thank you for your love and bravery; my prayers go to you and your family on this day and every day.
As the day goes on, I will add links to other sites that pay tribute to Richard, especially one from people who knew him well.
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