Marci Simms, an NYPD lieutenant who worked at Ground Zero immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks – just lost her battle to cancer – 16 months after she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

“If a man can do it, I can do it,” Simms would say.

And so she did  – do it that is! Simms spent more than four months doing rescue, recovery and cleanup work at Ground Zero – 

“The dust was powdery soft, the air was gray and when I would breathe it in I could feel my throat burning,” Simms was quoted as saying.

“She was just a truly amazing human being — one in a million,” said Simms’ sister, Susan Fosco. 

“She was an angel. She was a saint. She was my hero. Her heart’s desire was always to be a policeman,” 

Simms joined the NYPD back in 1998 – just three years before the disaster.

The Next Leap Forward

Selfless sacrifice. There is no other way to describe it.

Marci Simms is described by her family as having “a heart of gold.” In many of the reports I’ve read – she was an exemplary model human being and police officer who went full throttle in her work and her life. Simms put herself at risk in the aide of others.

Remember the words “Selfless sacrifice” as you move forward in your own lives.

To come to the aide of another human being at their worst moment – can be your best moment.