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09/30/2002
Supplement, Courage Under Fire
  • EMS Untold

    Addresses & Acronyms
    1 World Trade Center

    North Tower=1 World Trade
    2 World Trade Center
    South Tower=2 World Trade
    7 World Trade Center
    7 World Trade=home to OEM

  • Live to Tell

    Interviews by Lisa Dionne & A.J. Heightman

  • Unsung Heroes

    Every Tuesday for the past three years, New York Presbyterian Hospital paramedics Alex Massac and Scott Strong have worked together. Tuesday, Sept. 11, was no exception: The crew before them is always good about leaving them a clean bus, and by 0730 HRS, they were waiting for their first call of the day. It was an uneventful morning until around 0846 HRS, when they were at the intersection of 66th Street and York Avenue and first received word a plane had hit one of the 110-story World Trade Center towers.

  • In Memoriam

    Three hundred and forty-three FDNY firefighters and officers died in the line of duty on Sept. 11 while responding to the World Trade Center attacks. You’ll find their names, ranks and photos beginning on p. 10.

    Many paramedics and EMTs who worked as firefighters or police officers, who had full-time jobs in the towers or who voluntarily went to the scene also died that day. However, only eight providers were part of the official EMS response.

  • After the Fall

    When the World Trade Center towers collapsed on Sept. 11, early estimates placed more than 10,000 people in or around the site, including hundreds of emergency responders who rushed to the scene when the towers were struck. Although efforts to locate and rescue survivors trapped in the rubble began immediately, the task proved daunting because 89 members of FDNY’s command staff were among those reported missing.

  • Testaments: Reflections on Sept. 11

    Kevin Shea is among those who count themselves lucky to be alive.

  • Dear Helpers of the Government: Thank You!

    When the children at St. Andrew Avellino School in Queens wanted to show their appreciation to New York City’s firefighters, EMTs and paramedics after Sept. 11, they put a little time and a lot of care into creating colorful cards. Children from Ann Beloten’s kindergarten class crafted the first set of cards for Ann’s husband, Maimonides Hospital paramedic Scott Beloten, who responded to the World Trade Center collapse (see his account on p. 28). Soon second graders joined in, creating a large poster for Scott.

  • Goin’ to the Chapel

    Orlando Martinez, EMT, FDNY EMS, was one block away from the World Trade Center when the first plane hit. After he and his partner, Frank Puma, transported a patient who’d been critically injured by part of a plane’s landing gear to NYU Downtown Hospital, he called his girlfriend, Maddalena Passarella, and told her a plane had hit the World Trade Center.

    “I told her I was OK and that I had to go back in to help more injured people,” says Martinez. “She told me to be safe and call her as soon as I could.”

  • A Little Help from Friends

    The year 2001 had been a challenging one for many manufacturers and service providers in the fire and EMS industry. A softening economy, lagging stock market and an overall uncertain financial future forced many vendors to work especially hard to maintain the bottom line.

  • Fire Personnel in Memoriam - Photo Gallery

    Editor's Note: Click on the photo galleries to the right for a photographic remembrance of the firefighters who were lost in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001.

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