Middletown family reminisces about son lost in 9/11 terror attacks
It doesn't get any easier for Janice and Kenneth Tietjen. But three years after the tragedy at the World Trade Center, the Middletown residents can account for the fact that their lost son Kenny was indeed a hero in time of turmoil.
Port Authority officer Kenny Tietjen was 31 when the second tower fell and killed him, but he also helped save lives along the way by commandeering a cab to Ground Zero to transport people away from the area. That, his parents proclaim, is because he "loved to serve and help people."
The Tietjen family has developed the Kenneth F. Tietjen Foundation, keeping their son's memory alive by donating more than 300 bicycles to needy families - a charity that Kenny performed at Christmas time when he was younger.
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