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|Films for Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law
A Documentary Film
Out of the Ashes: 9/11
343 firefighters, including Jimmy Boyle's son Michael, perished on 9/11. Jimmy, a retired firefighter himself, spent weeks searching for Michael alongside volunteers at Ground Zero. Michael's body was found intact almost 5 months after the attacks.
The Victims Compensation Fund was set up so firefighters' families, according to Jimmy, would "not get a dime" due to their generous pension programs and other collateral benefits. Jimmy, with his attorney Marc Moller, succeeded in modifying the Fund's compensation models to provide higher rewards for families of these heroes.
Michael and David Arce, childhood friends and fellow firefighters on Engine 33, died on 9/11. Their families established the Boyle and Arce Foundation in their memory.
Jimmy believes building safety code violations and faulty radios were partly to blame for his son's death. He joined 12 other families in a lawsuit against New York City and Motorola, which was ultimately dismissed.