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9/11 Twin Towers Survivor and HERO Father of 3 Young Children Dies Rescuing Kids on Overturned Raft on Lake Michigan | The Gateway Pundit | by Patty McMurray

Brittany Jordan



On the Fourth of July, a heroic father of three who survived the 9/11 attacks tragically passed away while saving the lives of children whose raft capsized in Lake Michigan.

100 Percent Fed Up reports – Luke Laidley, 43, was driving a boat on Lake Michigan near Winnetka, Illinois when he saw a raft of children overturn around 1:30 p.m.

Some of the children who were thrown into the water began struggling to stay afloat. Laidley wasted no time, jumping into the water to save those who were drowning.

After about a minute underwater, Laidley surfaced with the children and got them safely out of the water. However, once he got himself back on the boat, he was in serious condition.

Those on the boat administered CPR before emergency responders arrived on the scene, but Laidley was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at nearby Evanston Hospital.

Winnetka first responders at the scene of Laidley’s heroic rescue

“It’s tragic,” said Winnetka Fire Chief John Ripka, adding that it is currently unclear whether Laidley drowned or if he experienced some other type of medical emergency when he jumped into the water.

On September 11, 2001, Laidley, a Boston College graduate, was on the second day of his new job with Morgan Stanley in New York City when the World Trade Center was hit by hijacked planes.

He was working in the south tower of the World Trade Center and was able to get out of the building safely from the 61st floor. Thirteen of his colleagues were killed that day.

After this tragic incident, Laidley returned home to Chicago and began coaching football at Carmel Catholic High School. After moving to Winnetka, he began working as a volunteer coach at Wilmette’s Loyola Academy.

Luke Laidley, 43


Laidley was quoted by his family as saying, “I encouraged all of us to count our blessings each and every day. Give of yourself and expect nothing in return. And become part of something that is greater than yourself.”

“His smile lit up the room. He exuded positivity and perseverance with everything he did. He loved deeply and truly with all his heart,” said Laidley’s family of their lost loved one. “A life lived with purpose. A life lived to serve for others. A life lived as a hero.”

Luke Laidley with his mother, Diane

Laidley is survived by his wife, Lauren, and three children ages 7, 5, and 3. He is one of six siblings.

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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