Report From Ground Zero(dennis smith)MP3(audio book) zeke23 (Size: 382.07 MB)
Dennis E. Smith is a retired firefighter, writer and president of a financial services company for emergency services personnel. He is best known for writing the memoir Report from Engine Co. 82, a chronicle of his career as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department in a South Bronx firehouse during the late 1960s and into the 1970s. Smith served for 18 years as a New York City Firefighter, from 1963 to 1981, and is an advocate for firefighters in the United States.
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.(less)
This book made me cry when I read it, but it also helped me to feel what it must have been like being in NYC on 9/11 rather then watching it on TV from home. As much as I could watch the coverage, (which I seemed to be doing 24/7), this book made it seem more personal. It is written like a journal and has all of the emotions and feelings of a diary. The emphasis is not on grammar and correct word usage but on what was going on at the time. I thought that it was great.
Sep 11, 2012 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
This was an excellent book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about 9/11. I found that I didn't want to put it down, but sometimes I just had to. This book is filled with personal stories from the firefighters families that didn't make it, there are also stories from the firefighters that rushed down there to help their "brothers". This book also explains why the towers came down so quick.
Jan 28, 2009 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: current-events, history-american
Great book. The real story of the uniformed men and women in the WTC on 9/11. No Bull... no fluff... just their real stories. I was enthralled in the guys of engin 39? telling their story of surviving the collapse of 1WTC while they were in the stairs of the building. Simply amazing. A little 'Rah-Rah-ish', but we need that every once-in-a-while.