Jeffrey Ward and Amy Weinstein
Recorded December 9, 2021 Archived December 9, 2021 40:56 minutes
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DescriptionAmy Weinstein (64) interviews her colleague Jeffrey Ward (56) about his experience as a NYC police officer responding to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the September 11th attack of the Twin Towers.
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Jeffrey (J) talks about his upbringing and why he decided to become a police officer.
J talks about what it was like becoming a police officer in the late 1980s.
J paints a picture of what it was like responding to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
J describes people's reactions on the streets.
J shares what it was like responding to the September 11th attacks. He says his eldest brother Bill worked in tower 2 and he immediately thought of Bill when he learned of the attack.
J describes the process of searching for people in the debris.
J says the initial instructions he got were to "just get there and rescue people".
J shares that his brother Bill was on the phone with his wife when the tower was hit and Bill dropped his phone and ran to evacuate the building.
J talks about hearing news of first responders who were starting to be reported as missing. He mentions how long he and other first responders were onsite for.
J brings up the different cancers and illness linked to 9/11 and how so many people ranging from first responders to residents have been affected.
J says he participates in the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Health Program and encourages others to do the same.
J talks about his experience working at the Staten Island landfill, recovering items and bodies.
J describes a pair of work gloves he's kept as a momento.
- Jeffrey Ward
- Amy Weinstein