It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since 9/11.


How has 9/11 impacted your life -- both personal and in public safety?


Were you on duty on 9/11? Did you join the fire/EMS service because of it?


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9 11  goes to show that we are all vulnerable. If the USA can be demised in that way ,then we Canada evan as a neutral( peace keeping) country could be attacked as well.Support the US send condolences on the anniversary and hope we as well are prepared for something, I hope never happens> Prayers go out !!!!
Here are 343 brave men I was proud to work with. Enough said....
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9/11 was a very mixed feelings day for me. I woke up early that morning to having contractions and got to the hospital about 8:00 that morning. On the ride to the hospital there was nothing beind said about the towers on the radio so I guess it hadnt happened yet, or hadnt yet been reported to our part of the country. I got to the hospital and went upstairs to the little room with my husband and a Dr. came in and popped my water. The Dr walked out and another nurse was in the room with us when a nurse came in the door and told her that the world trade center had just been bombed. I guess at that time no one was really sure what happened. So we turned on the tv and I gave birth to my son at 1:52pm with news coverage going on about the towers in the background. 9/11 isnt the reason I became a fire fighter. I became a fire fighter because I like to help people. My husband and I have told our son numerous times how special his birth is to us, and what happened the day he was born. Trentons goal is to become a fire fighter or a police officer when he gets older and I think that is very a fitting profession for him considering his birthday.
Ever sense the towers fell I have been more alert even though I am legally blind. I have my ways of being able to describe how people look. I still hear the roaring sounds of the jets.  I am going to be taking an active part in a 9/11 10th annaverciy event at the Hall of Flame Museum.

 "I" was a Fire-Fighter from 1964-to-1999 Both -Volunteer & Paid. On that 911-Day "I" was working for a Private Company and checking buildings and was to be attending a class near Tower #-1- "I" was Late and I was on the Brooklyn Bridge when the 1st-first plane hit the Towers. It was SO hard to believe, but I knew it was NOT a small aircraft. I tried to HELP ! but was told I was Retired and could NOT. I spent many many hours trying but to NO! avail. I was spared by GOD-Jesus christ & his grace on the 911-Day.

"10 years ago, DJ Sammy and Yanou released a version of "Heaven" featuring the words of a five year old girl who lost her father in the 9-11 attacks. This is the updated story of the girl from age five through today in her high school years."

I am not a fireman, but I am a survivor of the attacks of the WTC.  I was in the south tower on the 78th floor but I left between the 2 planes.  There were 5 of us there that morning but only 2 of us got out.


I was in Disney with my daughter in 2003 (she was 7 on 9/11) and there was a NYC fireman in the park with his kids.  His arms were huge and he had a 9/11 tattoo for his fallen friends.  I said to my daughter look, even here they remember it.


I am not an outgoing person, especially at that time about the events of September 11, 2001.  He ended up being at our hotel and I ended up talking to him for about 2 hours.


We talked about his experience and my experience.  I said to him how do you go to a building like that that when everyone else is running away.  He said it's just adrenaline. 


My wife and volunteer at the Tribute Center ( in NYC and one of my associates always tells the tourists that the first responders did just a great job.  2749 people died in NYC that day, but 1365 were in tower 1 above the impact zone and I think 595 were above the impact zone in tower 2 and about 413 uniformed personnel died (343 fireman, 37 port authority police, 23 NYC police and I think 10 EMS).  While 2749 people is not a trival number less than 400 people below the impact floors were killed.  This is 100% a tribute to first responders and the job they did.


I have met many fireman over the past 2 years at the Tribute Center and I ask them the same question and always get a similar answer, its just the job, adrenaline.  I don't believe it and I don't get it.  I think you are just an amazing group of people.  There are no other words I can say.


Whatever makes you people do what you do, I thank you and I know a lot of other people thank you.


Brian Branco




A positive Story:

I was at home & just got off my shift at the local factory(see below). My wife & I were having a cup of coffee when they broke in on the morning show we were watching & said one of the towers was hit by an airplane. I just thought it was a small prop plane or small jet. Then the other plane hit the other tower. I watched the TV for the next 3 days in a stupor, not comprehending anything. One of the worst feelings was when I went outside & looked up in the sky & didn't see any plane entrails. It was an eerie feeling, so quiet. I knew at that point I had to do something.  Being an Army veteran I wanted to re-enlist & find whomever it was & give them a what for. My wife nixed that idea, something about the 3 kids, I understood. My buddy had been pestering me to join the local fire dept, Pultneyville Fire & Water Rescue, for years. Being a son of a FF from the 70's I was interested but didn't feel I had the time. Well my buddy cornered me again & I told him if he wanted me to join to stop by & pick me up some time. Well he did on October 1st, 2001, October 8th my application was submitted & I was voted in November 12th. When that happened I became a sponge for everything about the profesion. 10 years later I am where I am because of September 11th, 2001!!! 

Stephen Niles

Fire Marshal/Chief

Xerox Fire Dept

SWEET! Be Safe Out There Brother!
Hi.  When 9/11/01 happened I was working in Chicopee, MA. on the Air Force Base and I didn't know my wife at the time, but she was in high school in Fitchburg, MA. and she has been hearing about what was going on and what was happening.

‎ I was a First Responder on that fateful day 10 years ago. I had trained in CISM/D ‎Critical Incident Stress Management/Debriefing, it seemed few people were training ‎for CISM at the time. On 08 Jan 2002, my CISM/D instructor, Roland Kandle (Roland ‎was the Director of the Mercury Critical Incident Stress Management Team he was ‎also PAPD CISM Commander) died of a heart attack, after teaching as many of us to ‎know and use CISM to do the best and most advantageous work to assist the ‎overwhelmed and critically stressed individual. ‎
I, with, other members of United States Search and Rescue Task Force were invited ‎to come directly to the World Trade Center Location that had already been ‎designated "Ground Hero". We all were aware of what we were really going into, it ‎was never really a rescue operation as much as it was a recovery effort. I know that seems harsh, yet the ‎best way to manage what we see and encounter, is to keep things as realistic as ‎possible. ‎
I was on the Pile so often I felt strange when I went home even for a day or two. I ‎had the most awful dreams after I came home for many months it took all I had to ‎face the demons of my sleep. ‎
I, like others, slept on or under desks for the first week. We were burned out and yet ‎we kept each other going. At the time we were a newly forged family and we were ‎taking no chances with each other. My friend went with me to help with some ‎donation pick ups. He went back to PA and he died a week later. For me that was ‎one of the hardest deaths I have dealt with.‎
I am still in Emergency Services; I am a proud Fire Fighter, and an Officer with ‎United States Search and Rescue Task Force. ‎
I was affected personally and in my services very deeply. I had a hard time getting ‎back to normal when it was over enough to go home. I did some interviews that ‎were very positive and then I became angered as I started investigating and looking ‎into the lack of actions taken or not taken on Sept 11, 2001, and the days both ‎preceding and after Sept 11. I did several radio interviews, both Internet and regular ‎radio about what I saw, what I thought, and any speculations I might have. People ‎came from all over America right to my house and interviewed me about what I saw ‎thought etc. I tried to keep things simple and clear, now I just make the best of the ‎day and enjoy the people I am with. I am a Fire Fighter after I was told I would not ‎recover from my Sept 11 injuries and WOULD NEVER wear SCBA or bunker gear ‎without passing out or having another heart attack! I had a rough time cardiac, ‎pulmonary, oral and maybe even brain wise. I lost all my teeth; I could not walk and ‎talk  and breathe as I went down the hall to use the restroom. I have brain tumors. I was in bed for years. I never gave ‎up and I never will. Today as I watch it is clearer than ever so much could have ‎been done differently. Today I advocate by being an example. I will stay in Emergency ‎Services forever if I have it my way. Now I train as I live and live as I train even ‎more than ever. I share with the young men and women especially youth as much as ‎I can so that they always remember what I can never forget. My love for adrenaline ‎sometimes makes me feel badly that I like the rush so much; I stood on the remains ‎of thousands while in New York. This is a sobering fact and this is a sobering ‎reminder of what went wrong in policy, leadership and accountability. On a positive ‎note...I love more than ever, I enjoy the moments I have in the sun, in the rain, ‎with friends and with family. I am forever changed for the better I pray.‎
May you be with the ones you love this somber Sunday and smile a smile for those ‎of us that do feel forgotten, and remember if we can keep going...So can you. God ‎Bless you, and thank you for reading my accounting, my apologies if I ran on. I look ‎forward to reading and training and sharing with you all.‎
Sincerely and with the warmest of regards, SGT Matthew H Tartaglia USSARTF, Fire ‎Fighter Perkasie Fire Co 1 Engine 26/76. I remain forever vigilant.‎
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