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Seattle newscaster Susan Hutchison: "Seattle artist Michele Rushworth has painted a masterpiece, a portrait of New York Firefighter Douglas Oelschlager, who lost his life in the attacks on September 11, 2001."

Rushworth created the portrait as a donation for Doug's widow, though the two women had never met.

Doug Oelschlager died while trying to save others in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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CBS News brought Michele to New York to present the painting to the firefighter's widow and daughters, live on "The Early Show". Michele talks to Early Show host, Jane Clayson, about the process of creating the portrait.

Suzanne Oelschlager, widow of Doug Oelschlager says, "This painting is something that my entire family is going to cherish forever. Thank you so much. It truly captured him." Suzanne feels it is her mission to get her husband's story out, so his life is not forgotten.

"When I decided to create this painting it was because I knew, after 9/11, that I wanted to contribute something of meaning and to try and make a difference, at least to one New York family," says Rushworth.

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