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Mark Foster, MATF-1 Task Force Leader

Mark Foster

“The First Eight Days at Ground Zero” by Mark Foster The Deployment to the WTC was MATF’s first emergency response deployment as a Type 1 Task Force (we had deployed to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and had a  modular

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Charlie Williams, MATF-1 Medical Specialist

Charlie Williams

Hello..all..as i reflect like so many others on 9-11 I have so many emotions and memories, but here are a couple of my thoughts… That beautiful day started out with me attempting to appeal a traffic ticket..the next thing I

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Bob O’Sullivan, Emergency Management Specialist Response Division FEMA Region I

Towers

I was in San Diego with my wife returning from visiting our oldest daughter.  We got to the airport check-in counter at 0600 and they told us there had been an aircraft accident in NYC.   They took our bags but

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John M. Looney, PE, MATF-1 Structures Specialist

John Looney

I was the last person on the Task Force to hear about 911. On Saturday September 15th while I was canoeing down Agnes Lake in Quetico Provincial Park in Northwest, Ontario, Canada a canoeist stopped and said “I see that

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Alan D. Fisher, PE, MATF-1 Construction Structures Group Leader

Alan Fisher

When the first call came from Pat O’Conner I was about to lead a meeting to lay out how the company would float in and complete a vertical lift bridge in New Haven. We had taken over this project from

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Bill Yee, MATF-1 Communications Unit Leader

Bill Yee

Like many of us on this day, I remember it well, and this is my first time sharing my experience since we returned. I was at work in the Operations Center of a large financial firm in the Seaport District

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Paul Hughes, MATF-1 Medical Specialist

Towers

As part of the recruit class 2013, I want to express my deep appreciation for all the experiences that have been shared. I believe, I am joining a true Team. As many of you expressed 9/11/01, started out as a

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Gerry Giunta, MATF-1 Rescue Manager

Gerry Giunta

Some days it seems like it was yesterday and on other days it seems like a lifetime ago. The events of 9.11.2001 are still unfolding. Two weeks ago today we laid to rest a brother, Kevin J. O’Boyle. Kevin was

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John Cannon, MATF-1 Hazardous Materials Specialist

John Cannon

September 11th will always be a special day in my life as it became my wedding day in 1993. This year would have been our 20th Anniversary. I was not a member of MATF-1 at that time and was recruited

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Paul G. Carey, Fire Captain Boston FD, MATF-1 Rescue Hazmat Manager

Paul Carey

I deployed with MATF1 to the WTC as Rescue Squad D Officer and worked night shift. I remember the very emotional ride down the West Side Hwy on the bus and seeing throngs of New Yorkers cheering that outside help

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Don McCullough, MATF-1 Rescue Squad B

We Will Never Forget

Like many of you, after 9/11 I was searching for a way to serve my community and country beyond being a career firefighter. It was Chris Jacques who encouraged me to apply to MATF1. At the beginning of November 2001,

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Tim Robinson, MATF- 1 Medical Specialist

Towers

On September 11th, I was working at Manor Fire Station (with Sean Brown).  We saw the news reports of the World Trade Center being struck by a plane.  There was no good footage yet.  I actually called my father who

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Timothy J. Lynch, PE, MATF-1 Structures Specialist

Timothy Lynch

I was working in the office on a building design when the first plane hit.  After the second plane hit I was paged and told to report to the Cache in Beverly for possible deployment to New York.  I gathered my

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Robert Reardon, MATF-1 Technical Search Specialist

Robert Reardon

Members A little background, I became involved with the Massachusetts Task Force – 01 from working and attending the Barnstable County Fire and Rescue Academy. At the  fire academy I was involved with the “Rescue Technician” course.. assisting and mostly doing

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Paul O. Penachio, MATF-1 Squad A

Paul Penachio

NEVER FORGET !!!   I know  I wont Paul O. Penachio Squad A

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Mike Clark, MATF-1 Squad A

We Will Never Forget

At this special time think positive thoughts and say a prayer for the family, friends and members who died on that frightening day 12 years ago.  Remember our own members of MATF 1 who have suffered the ill effects brought on by their exposure

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Chad Council, MATF-1 Technical Information Manager

Chad Council

I was headed into work when the first plane hit. I didn’t hear about it on the radio because I was cranking some music, testing out the hard drive based MP3 player I had hacked into my Jeep.  It wasn’t

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David Titelbaum, MATF-1 Technical Information Specialist 2013 Recruit

Towers

The morning of 9 September 2001 was sunny and warm.  I remember that it was a Tuesday, as I worked the 11AM to 8PM shift at Polycom on Tuesdays and was in Salem that morning.  I had just exited from

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Stephen Clendenin, MATF-1 Task Force Leader

Stephen Clendeni

The morning of 9/11 I was sitting on a airplane at Logan on the runway about an hour behind the planes that hit NY when they turned us back to the gate. I was headed to Virginia Beach to teach

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John Carolan, MA-TF1 Technical Search Specialist

Towers

I was 25, three years before I got my ticket for the Hudson Fire Dept. I was replacing a sliding door in Stow. It was a beautiful fall day and the radio was turned up. We soon heard the breaking

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Phil Rogers, MA-TF1 Logistics Specialist

While I sit and read all of your remarks on 9-11 and review the AAR from the event I can’t help but think how vastly different my day was that morning.  At the time I was visiting my grandmother in

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Christopher Jacques – Captain City of Dover Fire & Rescue, MA-TF1

We Will Never Forget

As I reflect on the events of 9/11, I remember getting off shift at the firehouse that morning at 8am.  I left to go to a wood flooring job site at a police Lieutenant and friend of mines house.  His

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Ed Seligman, MAT-F1 Logistics Manager

Ed Seligman

This week many team members have shared their personal account’s of 9-11-01 I have many memories from that day and the days that have followed.   Many of these memories involve relationships I have gained by being a member of MA-TF1. I

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Charlie Dunne, MA-TF1 Communications

Charlie Dunne

What a beautiful day it was. I was kind of playing hookie – sandblasting the frame on my old Ford pickup. I remember going to the cache to borrow an air hose out of one of the old military pioneering

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Jim Hill, MA-TF1 Planning Manager

Jim Hill

I was in my office at Gillette in South Boston preparing for a Program Management status update meeting when my newly acquired digital pager began to vibrate on my belt. I had subscribed to a news service and there was

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Dennis E. Macedo, MA-TF1 Rescue Team Manager

Dennis Macedo

My memories of September 11, 2001 As I think back to all the emotion, anger, anxiety and frustration from that day and those that followed what I most remember is a long painful conversation with my oldest daughter. As we

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Bruce E. Naslund, STM, MA-TF1

Bruce Naslund

As another anniversary approaches the inner feelings are the same as they were on that sunny day. I was working the station that day on the rescue, just finishing up paperwork at the emergency room of a patient that we

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Anita Arnum, MA-TF1 Medical

Anita Arnum

September 11, 2001…so many images come to mind… Just like everyone else, I recall exactly where I was and what I was doing…I had an 8 am appointment in Marlboro and stopped by my folks house in Sudbury shortly afterwards. 

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Brian Messier, MA-TF1 Squad D

Brian Messier

September 11, 2001 started out very normally for me. I had recently become the EMS co-coordinator for the town I work in, and headed to a Region 5 EMS meeting on that day. The meeting was to start at 0900.

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Scott Bumpus, MA-TF1 Communications Specialist

We Will Never Forget

As I reflect on that day 12 years ago, I was very young only 21 years old, almost 22.  I was a ham radio operator and had been since I was 15.  I had completed EMT school in June and

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Thomas G. Gatzunis P.E. STS, MA-TF1

We Will Never Forget

I was not on the team in 2001.  I was the Building Commissioner in a municipality and I was also the Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Building regulations and Standards (the board that writes the building code).  I remember

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John Lightbody, Rescue MA-TF1

John Lightbody

Any of you that know me, know I  am not a professor of the English language. But I would like to put down a few lines on my trip to New York on 9/11. That morning on a tv in the

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Fritz White, MA-TF1 Rescue Specialist, D Squad

That morning I was sitting on the 16th floor of 100 Federal Street working away in my cubical on budgets for the following year when I received a call telling me that a plane had hit one of the towers.

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John Bastin, 2013 Recruit to MA-TF1

We Will Never Forget

I was the Medical Officer of the Day for the medical clinic on Naval Air Station Brunswick Maine on September 11th. Shortly after the 1st tower fell the base went on lock down and went into our highest protective posture.

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Deputy Fire Chief Miles Schlichte, FEMA MA-TF1 Safety Officer

Miles Schlichte

As I reflect back two benchmarks stand out in my head. First, on that morning I had run out of gas in my old red truck some of you remember as the gas gauge didn’t work. At the time I

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Lori E. Gordon, DVM MA-TF1

Lori Gordon

I was holding my 13 month old son when I turned on the TV and watched the towers hit, burn, and then collapse. I knew I would be called to deploy, and even though it was not with MA-TF 1

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John Forristall, Captain Boston Fire Special Ops Division, Rescue Specialist, Squad C

John Forristall

As I reflect on 9/11 twelve years later, something Mark writes about really hits home for me. I happened to be off that day from my job as a firefighter on Rescue 1. I had driven 2 of my kids

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