ASSE Central Florida Member Joins with Fueled by the Fallen to Honor Those Lost on September 11th
Des Plaines, IL (February 8, 2012) — American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
Central Florida Chapter member Anne Kogut, CIH, CSP, MS had the privilege of
driving a Chevrolet Camaro called Angel #2, the second car in a series of five
titled the ‘9/11 Angel Cruisers’, designed to honor those who lost their lives
in the attacks on September 11, 2001, when she drove it to the Daytona Speedway
on October 16, 2011 as part of international motorcycle festival,
Biketoberfest. Each of the ‘9/11 Angel Cruisers’ lists the names of those
killed in the 9/11 attacks.
The ‘9/11 Angel Cruisers’ project is spearheaded by
the non-profit organization, ‘Fueled by
the Fallen’ in an effort to commemorate the 10th anniversary of
the attacks on the U.S. that killed nearly 3,000 people.
When Kogut, who is a consultant and adjunct professor
at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, volunteered to drive
the car she did not realize how special the car was that she would be driving.
“I was asked by a neighbor to help her drive cars for
a few hours for a charity event,” she explained. “Those few hours turned into
more like 12 hours of one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”
Each of the ‘9/11 Angel Cruisers’ has a special
designation for a specific group of September 11th victims; Angel #1
is for the first responders, Angel #2 and #3 are for the victims lost in the
World Trade Center, Angel #4 is for those killed in the Pentagon, and Angel #5
is for all of those who perished on all four ill-fated flights.
Kogut drove Angel #2 alongside the other four cars from
Deland to the Daytona Speedway. In addition, she helped many people in
attendance find the names of loved ones they had lost on September 11th on
each of the vehicles.
She also drove Angel #2 through downtown Daytona in
the Biketoberfest Parade, which was attended by over 20,000 people.
“September 11th had an effect on everyone
in some way, and we lost fellow ASSE members,” said Kogut. “This was such a
moving tribute, and I was touched by the kindness and American spirit in ways I
cannot describe in words.”
Founded by actor Kevyn Major Howard, who portrayed
‘Rafter Man’ in Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed film ‘Full Metal Jacket’, Fueled by the Fallen has designed and
produced 21 cars in tribute to the men and women who were lost in the September
11th attacks, and recent wars, in an effort to educate children
about the value of freedom, and to provide financial assistance to members of
the armed services, scholarships to children who have been left behind, and
soldiers who have returned home and are in crisis. Corporate sponsorships and
branding opportunities are available for all of Fueled by the Fallen’s tribute
cars. For more information go to www.FueledByTheFallen.org or call Kevyn Major Howard at (323)839-4269.
ASSE’s Central Florida Chapter promotes the
advancement of the safety profession, safety professionals and development of
its members in its geographical area through the production and promotion of
educational programs on preforming the functions of a safety professional, and
providing support forums for the exchange and acquisition of professional
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 33,000 occupational safety, health
and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and
consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all
industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information
please go to www.asse.org.