Where was everyone that September day where you on your way to work, at work, school, on a business trip, vacation, maybe in a hospital, or even having surgery.
To this day, I still remember where I was at the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center. I had just left the hotel parking lot and was on the phone with my parents. I looked up and saw what seemed to be a plane heading off course towards the trade center next thing as I went to look again I seen the one tower on fire as I was talking to my parents when the second plane hit the towers. Now I knew we were under attack. As I hung up with my parents I knew it was a call of duty and time to put my fire turn out gear and go into the line and help out my brothers and sisters of the NYFD and NYPD.
Seeing First hand as soot, dirt, ashes raining down among us. There were people running out of the trade centers and jumping from the 100th floor for there lives. At the same time as workers are running from the rubble we as first responders were running into the inferno. It is a day in history that I won't forget and the training I had received. Seemed a lot took place on the stairs in the World Trade. Glasses windows issuing false smoke, the concrete crumbling to dust around us.
It was many long days and nights searching for survivors and be careful that us as first responders did not get hurt or even crush another person who may still have been alive under all that rubble. I sure no it was a big eye opener to me and scary being so young and brand new as firefighter and Emt. Pictures of September 11th does not justify what it looked like and the decay of bodies and smoke.
As The Firefighters Prayers Says:
When I am called to duty, God
Wherever flames may rage...Give me the strength to save someone life whatever be the age... Help me embrace a little child before it is too late...Or save an older person from the horror of that fate...Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout...And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out...I want to fill my calling and to give my best in me...to guard property...And if according to your will I have to lose my life...Please bless with your protecting hands my family. Amen.
I said that the whole time I was at Ground Zero and something I say at ever fire call or accident. When the alarm rings we go to the call and never sure we will make it home or if we the chaplin going to be knocking telling your family your not coming home.