On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, off-duty fire Captain Dan Daly was getting ready to take a small airplane out for a leisure flight around New York.
The sky was crystal clear — a perfect day for flying a plane, Daly said.
But before he even got out of his driveway, Daly’s phone rang. The person on the other end told him to go back into the house and turn on the television.
“I saw the plane hitting the building and I knew instantly it was going to be a very bad day for New York and a very bad day for humanity,” Daly said.
Daly, a first responder to the scene, spent the next six months working extensively at Ground Zero. In November 2002, he retired from the NYFD to speak to groups around the world about positive stories of hope. He also volunteers, working with wounded war veterans and teaching public speaking in prisons.
On Monday, he spoke to members of the Palm Beach Round Table at The Colony.
Dick Pietrafesa introduced Daly as a 24-year veteran of the New York Fire Department before retiring. Because of his actions in the days and weeks following 9/11, Daly was one of 100 people awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal.