Harrison, Tennessee, widow joins world in mourning Sept. 11 attacks

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Faith Smith poses with a photograph of her husband, former New York Fire Department firefighter Michael Smith, Jr., in her home on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Harrison, Tenn. Firefighter Smith died in 2015 from complications related to his work at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

This story was originally published on Sept. 11, 2018.


Faith Smith sat on the covered porch of her Harrison, Tennessee, home Tuesday, surrounded by photos her husband took of the rubble left at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks and memorabilia from the Fire Department of the City of New York.

Her husband, Michael Smith Jr., was one of the many firefighters who got the call when the twin towers fell 17 years ago.

He died on Christmas Day in 2015 from complications brought on from inhaling dust and fumes while searching for victims.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Faith Smith watched the towers fall on the television with the rest of the country - only the Slate Hill, New York, resident knew her husband would be immediately deployed, along with other first responders, and her life would never be the same.