1010 WINS 9/11 Series: Female 9/11 First Responders Hope Their Stories Won’t Be Forgotten

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — To some, it seems as though the stories of the female heroes of 9/11 have gotten lost in the shuffle.

LINK: Remembering 9/11/01 Ten Years Later

Three women first responders died in the attacks, including police officer Moira Smith, Port Authority Police Capt. Kathy Mazza and EMT Yamel Merino.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria Speaks With Some Surviving Female First Responders

There are also hundreds of female first responders who survived, but were severely injured. Retired police officer Carol Paukner was trapped with a man when the second tower collapsed.

“I don’t know how long I was in there. How long I was trapped. I just know, it was eerie because it was silent,” she told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.

Retired fire Capt. Brenda Berkman said the stories of the female first responders are inspirational and should never be forgotten.

“We went into work injured. We spent our off tours at the site,” she said.

The surviving responders hope the stories of both the men and women who worked at Ground Zero will inspire people to work together to make the country better.

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  • michaelfury

    “As I was running north in this park, and then I could start seeing again a little bit, and I just kept looking in the sky. Cause the captain was saying there’s another plane heading in our direction, I was looking for another plane. I saw something in the sky, it was a plane, but it was way out. It looked like it was over Jersey or something, then it wasn’t there anymore. I saw a small fireball, and it was gone. I saw two other planes. One came in one way, and the other came in the other way, and there was a plane in the middle that was way far off in the distance. Then the plane in the middle just disappeared into a little fire ball. It looked like the size of a golf ball from where I could see it. And the other two planes veered off into opposite directions. I just kept on running north. About fifteen blocks later, I had no idea that that was just the first tower that had come down.”

    – EMT Patricia Ondrovic, WTC Task Force interview, October 11, 2001


  • Op

    If your not fdny nobody cares!

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