Hometown: Wallkill, N.Y.
Career: Truck Driver, Wallkill Highway Garage
Michael Cody took more than 1,000 photos during and after the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, filling 80 disposable cameras with indelible images. He happened to be in Manhattan at the VA hospital on 9/11. When the attack first occurred he ran to the site, bought a disposable camera and started snapping pictures. On the anniversary of 9/11 this past fall, Cody set up an exhibit in Wallkill of those photos.
Awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars in Vietnam, Army Sgt. Cody survived a machete wound from a VC—only because his attacker, whom he shot and killed, fell on top of him and kept him from bleeding to death for the three days before he was rescued. Believing he survived to help others, Cody’s many community causes have included spearheading the construction of Wallkill’s Vietnam Memorial Wall in 2003.