A tribute to Carlos

youtube video of a tribute to Carlos Lillo from a song his nephew Colby O'Donis's wrote shortly after 9/11.


Carlos Lillo Dedication

September 11, 2009 - another year gone by PDF Print E-mail

Is it me or does it feels like September 11, 2001 happened just the other day; I suppose for those of us that were directly affected by the events the feelings are still very real, the wounds are still fresh and have not yet fully healed. Where did the time go? It seems unreal that it has been 8 years since our lives completely changed. Whatever happened to September 12, when we all became one family, one community, one city, and one nation? Things are a little bit more normal nowadays and sometimes I wonder if we forgot the pain, the emptiness, the loneliness and those feelings we can’t even described that we all experienced on that dark day.

One thing is for certain, we lost a great deal of good people and I lost a part of my life that it can never get back, my brother Carlos Lillo. He was indeed a very caring and loving person even to those that hardly knew him. I don’t need to say much as many of you had the privileged to shared some good times together with him so I will let his testimony speak for itself.

But most of all, I wonder where my brother will be today? It really saddens me when I think about the nieces and nephews I never met, the BBQ we never got the chance to enjoy, the camping trips we never took, the tears and joys we never got the chance to shared. He was stolen from us way too early and unfortunately, those questions will never be answer.


As I looked back and remember those events, I recalled a scripture we used often that gave us strength and comfort during those difficult times. It’s found in John chapter 15 verses 12-13: “….Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”. My brother Carlos gave the ultimate Love for us, for you, for this city, and for this great country; he gave his Life which is the greatest treasure anyone can give as there is no greater sacrifice. This also reminded me that life is a gift, a gift from the almighty God and we must make every effort to do what’s righteous and good and that is what Carlos did and was to so many people and in so many ways. It is sad to die young but it is more unfortunate to die and never to have lived or known the person Carlos was and became. Therefore I only have a sense of gratitude to God for giving us the opportunity and privilege for the 37 years of his life we enjoyed with him.

As we move forward and remember the 8th anniversary of 9/11, let us not forget those painful events and lets make an effort to think of those who gave it all.

Cesar Lillo

Comments (6)
We are Honoring Carlo's life & Bravery in Ponce....His Hometown.
6 Monday, 10 September 2012 14:10

I never met Carlos, but in PONCE wea are learning about how beloved he is in N.Y. city.

& Today PONCE city Hall is remembering Carlos life & his bravery.

Our Respects & best wishes to the Lillo Rodriguez Family.

From Ponce city U.S.A.
Tribute to a Hero
5 Thursday, 15 September 2011 03:46
Carina F. Kimmel
I will never forget Carlos! He will always be in my heart. The H S memories that we shared will never be erased. Carlos was a great peace of my life and I will alwys cherish his beautiful smile!!
He is my Guardian Angel Forever!!
Carlos was a Gentleman
4 Wednesday, 08 September 2010 16:07
I remember Carlos as a kind and gentle man who never had a bad word to say about anyone. He always genuinely wanted to help. Working as a Voluntary Hospital EMT in Queens, Carlos was there to back me up on many occasions. And I backed him up when I was able. He thought on his own and made his own judgments. He was a very competent paramedic. We all still feel the loss. I will never forget him or the horrible events that took him from us. But my sense also is that if he was one of the survivors, he would do what he could to heal the wounds in a positive way.
Thanks for remebering
3 Saturday, 12 September 2009 01:47
thanks for your prayers and for remembering my brother. As was always the case, my brother was kind and gave good testimony even to those he didn't know.

Tribute to Carlos
2 Friday, 11 September 2009 14:15
Anne Mathew Gunter

I grew up around the corner from you and Carlos. I remember walking around with my sister and seeing you guys just walking around. Carlos was always kind.

Cesar, my prayers are with you and your family. I will always remember him.

Anne Mathew
I agree with your observation
1 Tuesday, 08 September 2009 21:23
Sandra Lillo
I fully agree with you observation. I sense that people are quickly forgetting the disaster that occurred on that day. That its specially true the further you are away from New York City. It's my hope that we will never forget and always remember that awful day.

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