My Husband and I were on the Montgomery, MD FEMA task force...I was a dog handler but had recently retired...My Husband was still in service and was dispatched to the Pentagon...He worked at ground zero for days...The horrors that he witnessed...Ugh...what a nightmare...Our nightmare unfortunately lived on and on through his cancer journey....Thank you for the kind words...Very sorry to hear that @rubyduby , I thank you and him for doing your part.
My loud HONEST and VERY BLUNT ATTITUDE SAVED ME. Living next door in CT A very good friend of mine within hours had called me asking if i would help with construction related services on ground zero. I OF CORSE SAID WHAT DID HE HAVE IN MIND as i knew he was RED CROSS . I have to give credit they had a hot line set up already and he told me to give them a call . They asked who and what my experience was and after a short conversation she said i was exactly what they were looking for. But in closing she asked what i thought it was going to be like at ground zero.
I told her absolute hell on earth. That when we tear down a building today we remove any contaminants like lead, asbestos, glass and pcb's etc . THAT THIS HAD NOT BEEN DONE THAT THE SILCA alone was going to create huge respiratory issues for those boots on the ground. Two 100 Story skyscrapers were piled up and you were asking for us to climb in on and around this. That timberland better open a boot store down the street along with masks and gloves. And then the worst part of all the remains. WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE LIKE WAS ANYONES WORST NIGHT MARE. well the naïve woman saved me as she said i was not who they needed that i didn't have a positive attitude, i told her i had realistic expectations and not sugar coated ideas like her self, and she retracted the invite. I was very upset but the more i thought about it i knew it would save me years of issues. The EPA came out I believe it was day two saying that there was no health concerns on ground zero . Talk about just another bureaucratic office talking out there lower extremities.
My hat off to those who did go. and to those still fighting the conditions of ground zero 21 years latter.
Went on a ride today for 911 and support of our First responders though mainly for the Thin blue line . AND OF CORSE ONE GROUP OF ASSHOLES PROTESTING WITH THERE BLM HORSE SHIT . THEY FOUND THAT WAS NOT A GROUP WHO WAS INTIMIDATED BY STUPIDITY
I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS @rubyduby THANK YOU
I think volunteering might have been the best way to deal with losing so many of your friends and acquaintances. It's something that I've found living here in Israel as well, that sometimes the only way to get through something is to give yourself something active to do--something that will help counter the sense of helplessness.When I think about it, I wonder why I volunteered for that duty.
I guess I felt after working in the towers for nearly 5 years, that it was kind of my own home away from home and I knew a lot of people that didn't make it.
Thank you for sharing @rubyduby , everyone should hear of the sacrifices so many made to help others that day in a city where NO ONE says hello to each other or that will offer assistance. I mentioned those night mares to the woman i didn't want to bring them in text here. I guess i still feel guilty i didn't do my part because i spoke of what i knew was coming.My Husband and I were on the Montgomery, MD FEMA task force...I was a dog handler but had recently retired...My Husband was still in service and was dispatched to the Pentagon...He worked at ground zero for days...The horrors that he witnessed...Ugh...what a nightmare...Our nightmare unfortunately lived on and on through his cancer journey....Thank you for the kind words...
I was working on a summer home on long island for a ad executive who lived in Manhattan who was walking his 6 year old i believe she was to school. and the typical kid hear a plane pointed it out to her dad who ignored it until he saw the plane hit the first tower. He called the job and wanted 24 hour shifts working to finish up and he was moving in. he never did move it after 3 months of 24/7 day working on that home.Not likely to forget. I was still working at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism back then.
The day of the attack, I had been writing an analysis piece on the assassination of the commander of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. I had nearly finished the piece when the first plane struck. Soon everyone on our floor was crowded around the live feed down the hall watching the events unfold. At some point I heard one of my colleagues say from the back of the room, "the world just changed."
Even before the towers fell, we found ourselves inundated by calls from people all over the world asking "who's behind this?" It got to the point where we would simply pick up a ringing phone, say "It was al-Qaida" and put it down and pick up the next one.
That analysis piece I was writing is still somewhere on my computer. Still unfinished.
May the memory of that terrible day help to ensure that it never happens again.
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