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NYC B6 FDNY Internal Fdr- First Responder Interview Summaries (Cont)

NYC B6 FDNY Internal Fdr- First Responder Interview Summaries (Cont)

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SUMMARY
OF WTC
TASK FORCE INTERVIEW WITH
EMT
PETER CACHIA,BATTALION
4,
OCOTBER
15,
2001, (82).
Assigned
to
light
duty
status; heard radio transmission
at
desk that plane
had
crashed
into WTC; conditions boss
left
for the
scene
and the
desk
Lt wasgetting
things in order and then
left,
gave me the station keys and said I was to
get
anyone who came to the station to the scenew/a radio and an ambulance;
saw
second plane on TV and heard Lt D'Avila transmit it over
radio;
At about 5 or 10
after
nine, Lt Amy Monroe asked me for a ride to the scene
and I
said
ok as
long
as I
didn't have
to do any
heavy
lifting;
We
parked
the
ambulance, vehicle
13,
on
Cortlandt
and
proceeded
to the
first
triage center on Church St, in front of the WTC complex; at this point bothtowers had been hit; met up
w/
Lt
D'Avila,
Melaragno, started treatingpatients as they came out;
It was
starting
to get
crowded
so Lt
Monroe asked
me to
check
the
triagecenter on Liberty to see if they were taking patients or needed
help;
on theway there, the tower started coming down; turned around and started running
up
the block, northeast up Liberty; ducked under an SUV; when cleared, wentback
to
Church
St
triage center
but
everyone
had
left;
kept going
up
Church
and
met D'Avila at Fulton and he said
let's
get out of here, the second onemight be coming down, so we went up Fulton and it did come down but wewere far enough away and just ran; went into a store and saw the cloud of dustgoby and hear it come down, separated from D'Avila at this point; my
backwas
hurting,
could
hardly
walk,
and 2
cops helped
me toBeekman
Hospital,
it
was overrun
w/
patients, said take care of everyone else, I just have to rest,heard about the Pentagon; walked back down South St, saw D'Avila at triagecenter set up in apt complex across from hospital; flagged down a police car to
take
me to the station; sent home at end of
shift,
didn't want to go but I wasuseless;
 
SUMMARY OF WTC TASK FORCE INTERVIEW WITH EMT THOMAS J.BENDICK, DIVISIONl, OCTOBER 15, 2001, (83).
Arrived
at
work about
9:45;
responded
to WTC
w/
Duane Walker,
from the
division;
Parked
our
vehicle (empty ambulance
full
or
supplies) around Fulton
and
Trinity, near St. Pauls Cemetery, where Lt. Melarango was triaging patients;
Exited
the car and
went
to the
command post
to
meet
up
w/
the
chiefs
sinceI'm a
chiefs
aide; tookmy bag ofsupplies, extra batteriesetc andproceededdown Vesey towards the West Side Highway to 7 WTC, where I saw anothertriage location
w/
Cptn Nahmod and Chief Peruggia, and a little past thatpoint, about 5 mins on scene, I heard a loud roar; thought it was another plane,
didn't
see anything, ran towards WSH, where I saw MERV
1,
got to thecorner of
140
West, the phone co building, and ducked into little indent, w/ aFF, police cptn and a couple of civilians; roar stopped, pure black; we had toleave; I got a
flashlight
out; we all held hands, about 5 or 6 of us and startedwalking toward the WSH, couldn't breathe, see etc; started to clear up aboutMurray and West by the college; there was a citywide ambulance with itspassenger door open so I got in and cleaned up; everyone scattered once we
got
to the light; met up w/ Cptn Nahmod and some FD EMS guys, got a mask;somewhere on the WSH a cop had a hydrant going so everyone washed off;
met upw/Lt Albuerme,
Batt
8;
trying
to
make
a
plan
w/
him,
Joe
Cahill
and
some others, looking south and saw north tower come down;
hadn't
known
south
tower came down;
Was at
BMCC,
right
past Chambers,
and
started running,
in
road that goes
under
the college; then a plainclothes cop or someone
fire
shots into the glassdoors of the college to get everyone in to safety, but people were panickingnot knowing what it was; eventually went back out, met up at north
corner
of
the
college and made arrangements to use the gym as a triage center;
figured
we
could take people who weren't in need of getting to the hospital; a Lt wastelling
us to
take
our
clothes, gear
off
before
we
went
in (so as not to
contaminate); got a hydrant going outside to wash people down before theywent in; eventually heard on radio about Chelsea Piers staging,
don't
think
they
even knew we were there, but
figured
we'd stay, until we got evacuatedbecauseof the gasleak; piled peopleinambulanceanddrovetoChelsea Piers;[describes some people, operations etc]
 
SUMMARYOF WTCTASK FORCE INTERVIEW WITHOEMCAPTAIN JOHN
KEVIN
CULLEY, OCTOBER
17,
2001, (107).
Arrived
at 6 AM at 7 WTC
(work area
is on
23
rd
floor);
was on the
"third-
floor
lobby"
of that
floor
when the 1
st
plane hit; could not see actual impactbut could see debris
falling;
when
that
stopped, ran onto the
street
and saw"fire showingout oftwo, three
floors,
on twosidesof thebuilding,thenorth
fact
and theeast face";nosignit was aplane,at
least
not to me;
Ran to my car on
Barclay, picked
up
radios,
and
crossed over
to the
plaza intothe concourse;
Assisted people coming
off
trains (PATH
trains);
PA
Police directingeveryoneout of thebuilding;nomemoryof anyapparatusonVesey yet;
Passed
the
concourse
and
grouped with
othersat the
lobby
of 1 WTC
(northwall), the Fire command station; was told by someone who witnessed it
that
itwas a plane that hit (had thought it was a bomb); as OEM Coordinator, Ireported to the incident commander, at that time Chief
Hay
den
and my
function
was to liaison between him and other agencies; at the scene, therewere PA people,
federal
agencies (including FBI), WTC Fire
Safety
Directorand his
staff,
and the Chief starting to set up for high-rise operations in
that
lobby; there was the 1
st
Division, 1
st
Battalion, reporting in units, people onthe building
staff,
people particularly involved w/ helping us read the elevatorpanels;saw atleast3chaplains;
Our first
thought
was
normal high-rise operations,
get
people
up to the fire
floors;
that's
normally done by elevator but we had no elevators in operationand, even worse, all the elevators were shut down with people in them;
once
Ihad
staff
that operatethepanels, they could speaktoeach individual elevators,ask how many people were inside, what floor they were on, if
there's
anyone
injured;
then
I
passed that
info
to the
incident commander;
Once
the
plane hit, there
was no
debris,
or it
fell
[presumably
not
continuallycoming
down];
people comingout of thebuilding;a lot of theglasswas out soyou could hear thumps and crashes of bodies outside;
Continuing operations
was
going
to be
difficult;
we had no
elevators;
the
onlyreport I remember was
that
someone (I believe in the FBI) had a phoneconversation w/ someoneon the
51
st
floorreportingjet
fuel
on
that
floor; it
wasn't
clear to us what floor the impact was on but I knew it was higher than
that;
we were trying to find
freight
elevators maybe; didn't know if all theelevators wereout due to theincidentorwhether some were just maintenanceproblems we could get moving;
[Responds that]
not a lot of
civilians
in the
lobby, coming
out of the
building;does not recall a lot of chaos/confusion
w/
civilians trying to exit; had noproblem coming in
from
the concourse level; there were people exiting but nomassesofpeople that were clogging things; mostly just people responding,
Fire,
emergency personnel;
found
out later it was a 3
rd
alarm right away;
I
told
the PA
police this
was
likely
a
terrorist event,
and to
look
for a
secondary event; I was concerned about the
safety
of people at the commandpost and wanted to provide security in
front
of the lobby so that something

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