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TMEN7AL
 RECOGNITION
 REQUEST
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SUBJECT^
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 REQUESTED
 RECOGN1TIO/
 ^EPT
BYLICKI.
 RICHARD
NAME
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INTELLIGENCE
 
OTHER
REMARKS:
SEE
 ATTACHED 9
9 11 Personal Privacy
Upon
 investigation
 and
 verification
 of the
 events surrounding this incident
the
 actions
 of the
 uniformed officer
 as
 stated
 in the
 attached description
are
 deserving of consideration of Department Recognition.
Recommended
 By
2T
 MEMBER
 OF THE
 DEP RTMENT
 D
 MEMBER
 OF
 COMMUNITY
SDIATE
 6/20/03
 PETER
 PICARILLO
SUPERVISOR
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 BORO COMMANDER
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 MEMBER S PERSONAL FOLDER
 
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 REQUESTING MEMBER
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 COMMAND FILE
 
9/11 Personal Privacy
POLICE
 DEPARTMENT
City
 of
 New
 York
 \e 19,
 2003From:
 
Sergeant Richard Bylicki Retired),
 Tax
 
To: First Deputy Commissioner Through Channels)
Subject:
 Request For Department Recognition,
 Actions
 Taken OnSeptember
 11
th
, 2001
I arrived at 7 WTC at approximately
 0630hours,
 for final preparations for aninteragency exercise that was to be held the following
 day.
 I was preparing paperwork
and
 was walking toward the window facing the towers when I heard a loud, missile type
noise
 and
 looked
 up and saw the
 explosion
 /
 fireball-in
 the
 North tower..
 I
 took
 a
 second
 •
to
 compose myself and went toward the executive
 offices
 of 1st Deputy Director John
Odermatt
 who heard the explosion and was attempting to find out what had happened, we
met
 in the hallway and I directed him back to my work area for the best view of
 theincident.
Director Odermatt quickly debriefed
 me and
 instructed
 me to
 open
 the
 EmergencyOperations Center EOC)
 for a
 fully
 staffed
 operation, which
 1
 did.
 While
 in the EOC I
assisted the Watch Command in handling an enormous
 influx
 of telephone calls, manyfrom top City officials. During this time I observed the second plane hit the South tower
via
 live video feed. I realized at this time these acts were intentional. Immediately
following
 the second attack 7 WTC lost primary power and switched to auxiliarygenerators. The fire alarm
 enunciator
 panel lit up indicating there was no water pressure
for
 fire
 suppression
 in the
 building.
 I was
 soon
 on the
 phone
 with
 the FAA who
 informed
me
 that
 at
 least
 1
 other plane
 was
 unaccounted
 for and
 possibly heading
 for
 NYC.
 I
informed
 Deputy Director and FDNY Captain Richard Rotanz who was the highest-
ranking
 OEM
 official
 in the building at the time. Captain
 Rotanz
 surmised that 7 WTC
was
 potentially the next target and subsequently ordered an evacuation of all OEM and
building
 employees. The OEM
 staffs
 assembled in the lobby of 7
 WTC,
 and were
awaiting
 instructions via radio.At
 this
 time Rotanz needed
 to
 communicate with Director Sheirer
 or
 John
Odermatt.
 Rotanz and I began to make our way to the FDNY command post in the North
tower.
 We cautiously and methodically crossed over the damaged,
 glass
 footbridge,
which
 traversed Vesey Street and connected 7 WTC the rest of the WTC complex. Weclimbed
 over
 numerous dead human bodies and body parts as well as pieces of
 aircraft
fuselage
 and
 fallen
 building debris
 all the
 while trying
 to
 avoid building occupants thatwere jumping from the engulfed tower. The attempt to cross the promenade was
extremely
 chaotic given
 the
 circumstances, compounded
 by
 hundreds
 of
 building
occupants fleeing the scene as we were trying to enter.
 
We
 finally
 arrived in the North tower and made entry through a broken door. Wewere crossing over the interior atrium when we
 felt
 the building start to
 shake,
 notrealizing
 the
 South tower
 was collapsing we
 thought
 the 3
rd
 plane
 hit the
 building).
Rotanz
 and I took cover along side a building column and waited through the seeminglyendless, thunderous crash that lasted approximately 20-30 seconds. We could
 feel
 the
heat
 and see the flames passing over our heads. Suddenly, everything went dark. Oncethe flames died down and the smoke and dust started to clear we were able to touch eachother in the rubble and barely
 talk.
 We climbed out and saw death and destruction all
over
 again, people were literally crushed to death right
 next
 to us. Rotanz and I managed
to
 make a clearing to the doorway and helped between 30-40 victims survive thatimmediate area. I helped another police
 officer
 name unknown) covered
 from
 head to
toe
 in blood that said his partner had just been killed by the collapse. I carried him to anambulance on the
 street.
 Rotanz and myself separated at this point. I continued to assist
the
 injured
 officer
 at the ambulance when the North tower began to collapse. I tookcover in a lobby doorway until the next wave of smoke and dust passed and was able toescape the immediate area. Thankfully, I managed to survive the event with only a minorphysical injury, a dislocated finger
 (LOD
on
 File).
I
 later met up with Director Odermatt at a west side firehouse and accompanied
him
 to 1 PP to
 assist
 in
 rescue
 and recovery strategies.
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