May 2, 2011
By Steven Sandberg
SEIAD VALLEY, Cali. — The brother of a New York firefighter killed on September 11th says Osama Bin Laden’s death is an empty victory. In the moments after it was announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, a celebration broke out at Ground Zero. But in Seiad Valley, California, Ralph Geidel says he won’t be cheering.
“Watching them celebrate and everything, that’s okay for them I guess, but I don’t feel like it,” Ralph Geidel told NewsWatch12. “I feel like crying half the time. This whole thing has been a 10-year nightmare. I’m happy he’s dead, but I’m not going to dance about it.”
The retired New York City firefighter says it’s a hollow feeling. They have finally killed the man responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, including his firefighter brother, Gary, who died while saving people from the World Trade Center. For Geidel, it doesn’t take the pain away.
“Nothing closes,” Geidel said. “My brother is still dead. And he [Osama Bin Laden] still did it and there’s a lot more guys like him out there. So, no ‘closure’ – it’s a bad word.”
In the 10 years after searching for his brother’s body in the wreckage of the Twin Towers, Ralph has wanted to see justice done. He wasn’t prepared for what it would be like when it actually happened.
“I wanted him to be punished for so long, I wanted them to get him, and then it was over like that, they did one shot right to the head. It seemed too damn quick. I wanted him to feel pain. I wanted him to feel the pain that I felt, that my family felt, and all those thousands of other families out there felt. I don’t know if he got that.”
While thousands cheer for the death of a terrorist, Ralph still mourns the death of a firefighter.
“I just wish he was here, that’s all.”
Geidel and his wife plan on traveling to Ground Zero in September for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.