"A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there."
"It was the first time I met openly gay people."
"Everyone wanted to be like Mike, but you were my Michael Jordan."
"I don't know how many I sent home..."
"What made you want to go to college with me?"
"I had nightmares for years..."
"I'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run, and jump with anybody in the world."
"We were wearing big, stinky, heavy gear."
"I saw something that no one else could see, and that is me walking around with that big tall hat on."
"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."
"I didn't want to be the sole survivor."
"The Secret Service told him not to leave."
"If you need me to hold your hand, I'm there."
"I didn't even recognize myself."
"Someone said it's like the Taj Mahal for rats."
"My partners and I would come to the hospital every chance we got. "
"Next thing I know, I hear the loudest explosion..."
"When you have a 19- or 20-year-old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking."
"He's the reason I'm here. "
"The disconnect is huge."
"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."
"I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning..."
"I had a pretty severe accident at work..."
"At three years of age, you just started playing..."
"It's not just a tattoo."
"I wanted to own a restaurant ever since I was a kid."
"How did it make you feel to leave us for your deployment?"
"When you came home, if it's not best day ever, it's top five."
"We have solved a lot of cases going through trash."
"Have you ever felt you wanted to quit?"
"He was trying extremely hard to get back on track."
"I remember many months with no lights."
"At my mother's wake, someone said, 'Johnny, your teacher's here.'"
"It was hard not to be mom."
"So I get a call from a local funeral home..."
"He chose to volunteer and go back for a second tour."
"We were about as close as people that don't speak the same language can be."
"My day starts at about four o'clock..."
"Every scar in my leg has something to do with you."
"I lost myself on Wall Street."
"I should have died at age 19."
"Most of my interaction with people was the worst moment of their life. "
"When we go on the fires, people treat you different."
"I've been the grandson of the postmaster, the nephew of the postmaster, the son of the postmaster, and the husband of the postmaster."
"This medal was very precious to my parents."
"She was one of these women who would grab a rattlesnake by the tail and snap its head off."
"I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'"
"They asked me to blow 'Taps' for all who died in the war."
"I didn't even think twice."
"There was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you."
"We were prepared for people to be unhappy, but we couldn't believe our eyes."
"I felt like a walking star in the hallway."
"I've never seen you turn anybody away."
"I saw a flash of ankle and I went smack dab into the wall."
"What happened on that day is tattooed on your soul."
"My first question was, 'Do you have the right guy?'"
"If just one of them gets through, they may save us all."
"In my old school, I never went to class."