Changed by 9/11: Stephanie Tipping, Firefighter's Sister

Sister of former Hauppauge resident John Tipping said she empathizes more with grief, has changed her outlook on life.

A sister to a Hauppauge native killed on 9/11 said she has more empathy for others after living through the tragedy.

St. James resident Stephanie Tipping lost her brother, John, a firefighter who responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. But despite having grown up in a family of first responders she said she wasn’t fully prepared.

“I grew up with firefighters my whole life and never saw loss, and with 9/11 there was such loss. It’s different for us now when you hear a call or an alert,” Tipping said.

She said she finds herself grateful when family members arrive home safely from a call. Tipping also called herself more attuned to the grief and loss of others.

The Hauppauge High School alumnus said she’s grateful for increased security at airports in hopes it will prevent future attacks.

“I don’t care about a line at the airport or our privacy,” she said.

Tipping also restructured her priorities in life, honoring John's memory by living life to the fullest. Her career remains important, but she maintains a better balance with her family life.

“An event like this, it changes your priorities,” she said.

Christopher Crean September 07, 2011 at 10:33 PM
God bless John & all the Tipping's.
Rita J. Egan September 07, 2011 at 11:19 PM
John Tipping was and always will be a big part of Hauppauge High School's Class of '86. I was too shy to be friends with him, but I remember him since 4th grade. Always with a twinkle in his eyes, always full of life. When I am reminded of how his life was cut tragically short, it reminds me to live life to the fullest.
Charlie Clackett September 08, 2011 at 01:33 PM
John Tipping was a star at Hauppauge High School and the FDNY. He is fondly remembered by many here in Hauppauge. I reminded my children of his tremendous sacrifice when we visited Ground Zero on Labor Day this week.


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