When the dust settled on September 11, 343 firefighters were listed as missing, and later pronounced dead. In this excerpt from her upcoming book, Lynn Tierney, then a deputy commissioner at the Fire Department of New York, writes about the difficult task of eulogizing her colleagues. Eulogies There came a time in my life, through the autumn of 2001, when I wrote … [Read more...] about “Be Not Afraid”
Amidst the hundreds of rescue workers searching at Ground Zero in the months after the 9/11 attacks, many were fathers looking for their sons. Some were firefighters still on the job, some retired, and some never officially with the Department, but all joined in the search for their boys. This is a story about five of them. As you approach the church, you see the fire trucks … [Read more...] about Fathers & Sons
Dennis Smith's gripping best-seller Report from Ground Zero will be the basis for a documentary airing on September 10, 2002. As Smith's book did, the ABC TV special lets the survivors speak for themselves, combining their accounts with film and video of the World Trade Center's initial construction, the attack itself, and the recovery at "the piles." Some highlights from the … [Read more...] about Report From Ground Zero : The Documentary
When the dust settled on September 11, one of the 343 firefighters listed as missing, later pronounced dead, was Chief Bill Feehan. A firefighter to his core, Feehan was loved by the men and women in the FDNY. Bill Feehan loved eggs over easy. Every day for the last 20 years at least he stopped at the Northern Cross Diner in Queens and read the Daily News as he had his usual … [Read more...] about The Heart of a Firefighter
Ron McComiskey has been a captain on private vessels around New York Harbor for 20 years and when the World Trade Center erupted on September 11 he knew where to go -- straight to the scene to rescue victims.
By his estimate, he made about 12 trips that fateful day, transporting about 100 to 150 people from South Street Seaport in Manhattan through the smoke and debris to the … [Read more...] about Ron McComiskey:
Evacuation from Manhattan