Bob Ossler, retired Chicago firefighter and ordained pastor, served as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Ossler is now Pastor of Visitation at the Cumberland County Community church in Millville, NJ. He also rides with the local police department as a volunteer chaplain on a regular basis.
Ossler is author of Triumph Over Terror, written with Janice Hall Heck, a book about his experiences at Ground Zero. He spent a total of forty-five days over a period of four months at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks. Fifteen years later, after harboring painful memories of the disheartening and disturbing sights he witnessed there, Ossler decided to clear his mind and write Triumph Over Tragedy to show how he conquered his own terrors.
Ossler’s descriptions of his interactions with the families of victims of 9-11, rescue and recovery workers, cleanup workers, and thousands of volunteers will touch your heart and help you understand the physical and emotional, and spiritual suffering of those most intimately associated with 9-11. It will also help you understand a bit more those who struggle through any kind of emotional distress, whatever the cause.
Ossler struggled with his own post-traumatic stress syndrome: painful memories, flashbacks when sounds or smells tricked his brain into thinking he was back on the Pile, nightmares, sleeplessness. But he conquered his anxieties by relying on his firm foundation–his faith in God.
The stories in Ossler’s book show readers how they can react to tragedy themselves, but also how to respond to others going through difficult disruptions in life without falling victim to bitterness, anger, apathy, or other emotional problems.
This blog and website will feature both Ossler’s experiences growing up with A.D.D in a pre A.D.D. world and how he triumphed over his own learning difficulties. He will also share stories of his experiences with people [without names] in stressful situations he has met over the years as a police chaplain volunteer. Some stories will be sad, some tragic, but there will be humorous stories, too. Come along for the ride and see how a chaplain works within his community and with police officers who risk their lives to help protect our communities. You will be amazed at how your local police officers work for you.
You may find more information about Bob Ossler and his sidekick, Janice Hall Heck, at http://www.triumphoverterror.com.