'You Can Describe The Collapse Of A Building. But That’s Only Half The Story': A First-Person View Of Ground Zero - 27 East

‘You Can Describe The Collapse Of A Building. But That’s Only Half The Story’: A First-Person View Of Ground Zero

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December of 2001-- the FDNY and other rescue workers recovering the body of a FDNY firefighter they had come upon while excavating the remains of the towers.    MICHAEL HELLER

December of 2001-- the FDNY and other rescue workers recovering the body of a FDNY firefighter they had come upon while excavating the remains of the towers. MICHAEL HELLER

The remains of FDNY Ladder 3,FDNY Rescue 1 can also be seen at right. Photo was taken looking southeast from the main staging area at that time, which was at the intersection of West Drive and Barclay Street.   MICHAEL HELLER

The remains of FDNY Ladder 3,FDNY Rescue 1 can also be seen at right. Photo was taken looking southeast from the main staging area at that time, which was at the intersection of West Drive and Barclay Street. MICHAEL HELLER

The scene from West Drive and Albany Street looking northeast up West Drive.    MICHAEL HELLER

The scene from West Drive and Albany Street looking northeast up West Drive. MICHAEL HELLER

Members of FDNY Tower Ladder 124 move equipment out of “the pit.” This was photographed from roughly the area of Liberty Street between Church and Greenwich Streets, looking north.   MICHAEL HELLER

Members of FDNY Tower Ladder 124 move equipment out of “the pit.” This was photographed from roughly the area of Liberty Street between Church and Greenwich Streets, looking north. MICHAEL HELLER

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Exhausted firefighters sleep on the ground in the foreground; in the near background is the remains of the Marriot hotel, in front of the remains of the South Tower as seen from West Drive at about Liberty Street, looking east.     MICHAEL HELLER

Exhausted firefighters sleep on the ground in the foreground; in the near background is the remains of the Marriot hotel, in front of the remains of the South Tower as seen from West Drive at about Liberty Street, looking east. MICHAEL HELLER

The eye washing station I came upon at the entrance to the WTC plaza, looking west from Greenwich Street between Cortlandt and Dey Streets.   MICHAEL HELLER

The eye washing station I came upon at the entrance to the WTC plaza, looking west from Greenwich Street between Cortlandt and Dey Streets. MICHAEL HELLER

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Firefighter and photojournalist Michael Heller.

Firefighter and photojournalist Michael Heller.

Bryan Boyhan on Sep 9, 2021
A word Michael Heller uses frequently to describe what he experienced that day is “reverent.” Twenty years ago this week, Mr. Heller, a volunteer firefighter and professional photographer whose work... more

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