Report from Ground Zero

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Penguin, Feb 25, 2003 - History - 416 pages
The tragic events of September 11, 2001, forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan’s Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York’s devastated fire and police departments.

This is Smith’s vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim thousands of lives. Smith takes readers inside the minds and lives of the rescuers at Ground Zero as he shares stories about these heroic individuals and the effect their loss had on their families and their companies. “It is,” says Smith, “the real and living history of the worst day in America since Pearl Harbor.” Written with drama and urgency, Report from Ground Zero honors the men and women who—in America’s darkest hours—redefined our understanding of courage.


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It's overwhelming to think of the amount of people who died on 9/11, so much so that its difficult to think how many in terms of just numbers. This book puts human faces to those numbers, both those ... Read full review

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Dennis Smith asks the question everyone can answer even nine years later, "where were you on September 11, 2001?" In Report From Ground Zero Smith asks key rescue personnel to recount the moments ... Read full review


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Police Officer Steve Stefanakos Emergency Service Unit Truck 10
Deputy Chief Pete Hayden Commander Division 1
Chief Joe Pfeifer Battalion 1
Firefighter Dan Potter Ladder 31
Mel Hazel Retired Fire Marshal
Firefighter Dan Potter Ladder 31
Jean Potter
Joe Dunne First Deputy Police Commissioner
Lieutenant Mickey Kross Engine 16
Firefighters Billy Butler and Tommy Falco Ladder 6
Lieutenant Jim McGlynn Engine 39
Officer Dave Lim Port Authority Police Canine Unit
Captain Jay Jonas Ladder 6
Judy Jonas Wife of Captain Jay Jonas Ladder 6
Lieutenant Glenn Rohan Ladder 43
Firefighter T J Mundy Engine 36
Officer Will Jimeno Port Authority Police Department
Firefighter Phil McArdle Hazmat Hazardous Materials Unit 1S
Battalion Chief Tom Vallebuona Battalion 21
Police Officer Anita Rosato Emergency Services Unit Truck 10
Lieutenant Michael Pena Rescue 1
Police Officer John Perry 40th Precinct
Captain Tim Pearson NYPD PSA Police Service Area 2
Joel Perry Attorney
About Captain Terry Hatton Rescue 1 As Told by Lieutenant Michael Pena
Firefighter Tom Schoales Engine 4
Bob Humphrey Engine 4
Firefighter Frank Vaskis Ladder 15
Fire Patrolman Mike Angelini Fire Patrol 3
Assistant Chief of Department Harry Meyers
Dennis Smith
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Dennis Smith, a former New York City firefighter, is the founding editor of Firehouse Magazine and the bestselling author of eleven books, including Report from Ground Zero, Report from Engine Co. 82, and A Song for Mary. He is currently chairman of First Responders Financial Company.

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