Dennis Smith, former firefighter and author, talks to Tom Deignan. ℘℘℘ If retired firefighter and best-selling author Dennis Smith had his way, the Twin Towers that once dominated the New York City skyline would be built again. Not in downtown Manhattan, however. Smith believes the towers should have been rebuilt as part of the ongoingRead more..
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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 stoppedRead more..
September 12, 2001: After a 26-hour shift Brendan McCormack emerges exhausted out of the darkness and into another day. A Donegal man, who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years, McCormack is an ironworker. Minutes after the collapse of the Twin Towers, he and other ironworkers from all over the city dropped their toolsRead more..
In a strange twist of fate, Ron Clifford escaped the WTC unaware that his sister and niece were on the plane that crashed into the North Tower. United Flight 175, a Boeing 767 non-stop from Boston’s Logan Airport to Los Angeles with seven flight attendants and 56 passengers on board, rolled back from Gate 19Read more..
Firefighter Bill Butler is very grateful to be alive. He and five colleagues from Ladder 6, Engine 9, were in the North Tower helping to rescue a Port Authority worker named Josephine Harris when the building collapsed around them. Miraculously, the part of the stairwell that they were in remained intact and they survived thoughRead more..
Belfast native Roger Smyth moved to the U.S. five years ago and for the last three and a half years has worked at New York University Hospital’s downtown location on Gold and Beekman Streets, a few blocks from the World Trade Center. At about 8:50 on the morning of September 11, Smyth was at homeRead more..
The Pipes and Drums Bands of the Fire and Police Departments were on hand to plat a final farewell to colleagues. ℘℘℘ In the past, New York has had many happy associations with the sound of bagpipes, including the rousing jubilation of the bands marching up 5th Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day. The tragically highRead more..
The next time there’s a tragic fire in New York City, it’s a good bet Kerry Kelly will be on the scene. Her Dad is a retired FDNY Lieutenant. Her grandfather was a firefighter. One of her three brothers also works for the department. But Kelly is not one of the growing numbers of womenRead more..
The New York Police Department lost 23 officers on September 11th and by the end of January, the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band had played 21 memorial services or funerals for their fallen colleagues (the families of two missing officers having postponed the services in case their remains were found). Like most membersRead more..
Chief Ray Downey, one of the most respected firefighters of all, will be remembered for his courage, passion and commitment. ℘℘℘ Firefighter Chuck Downey stands on First Avenue in Manhattan and nods his head to the south and west, in the general direction of what used to be the World Trade Center. The silent gestureRead more..