When disaster struck at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Dennis Smith was among the first to arrive on the scene. Report from Ground Zero is his insider's account of the heroic efforts of the firefighters, police and emergency workers who rushed to downtown New York to face the greatest challenge of their lives. In all, 343 firefighters gave their lives. Entire companies were lost. Among the dead were a father and son; the department's beloved chaplain; commanders and rookies. Smith, author of the classic bestseller Report from Engine Company 82 and once described as 'the Poet Laureate of firefighters' by the New York Post, tells their stories and those of their families, the camaraderie in their companies and the massive recovery efforts following the catastrophe. As the world tries to come to terms with the horror of what happened, the firefighters' courage and fortitude in the face of enormous personal danger and bereavement offers a beacon of hope and redemption. Report from Ground Zero is a tribute to those heroes for our troubled times.Joe Dunne First Deputy Police Commissioner JOE DUNNE MIGHT WELL be the tallest man in the police department. ... As God is my judge, the first thing I said was that this was a terrorist act, and that we better get down there fast. ... One piece fell through the hatch and shattered the window, and other pieces were falling on the car and all around me and Dennis as well. ... We went around the corner and into the lobby of building 5, though I didna#39;t know at the time it was building 5.
|Title||:||Report From Ground Zero|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2011-12-31|