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February 21, 2020

I never met you George. I met your Mom Rosemary while drawing down at Ground Zero one day. I was in the huge Salvation Army recovery tent I showed your Mom some of the drawings I had been creating over the months after 911 and shared with her that many people thought I should put them into a book and send them out to the families who lost loved ones. I ask her if you received this book in the mail would you even want it? She handed me a picture of you George and said" If your little book can help 4 people remember my son George I think it would be worth while. That one sentence she shared with me was the only way this book ever got made. And so Healing Hearts was sent out to the families - you George who I never met but are such a becon of light in my life - thank you good Sir. Love to all you family oxox
Published by John Coburn

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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Patterson, NY
Location on 9/11:
Fire Department of New York | Firefighter, Ladder 7
George Cain Memorial Fund at High Hopes

Life blew hot and cold for George C. Cain, in that he made his living fighting fires but spent much of his time on cold snowy mountains, skiing.

"I have pictures of him, and you'd think he could reach up and touch heaven," said his mother, Rosemary Cain. "He could ski like the wind."

Adrienne Bartolini confirmed Firefighter Cain's skiing ability. They became friends in Telluride, Colo., where the future firefighter worked for five years as a carpenter in the warm months and skied in the cold. He loved the mogul runs, and had no problem with one of the resort's toughest runs, Kant-Mak-M. "He used to just rip down that," Ms. Bartolini said. Then he got the call to join the New York Fire Department, and they spent six weeks driving to New York in her Volkswagen van in 1994.

Firefighter Cain, 35, joined Ladder Company 7 in Manhattan and lived in Patterson, N.Y., though he grew up in Massapequa. He was in terrific shape, and ran the New York Marathon in 1999. He was training for this year's event. His mates at Ladder 7, who called him the Dude, recalled he could always beat them running up the stairs.