The physical effects of 9/11 live on today. The collapse of the WTC resulted in a toxic dust cloud covering lower Manhattan consisting of more than 2,500 contaminants, including construction debris, glass, cellulose and asbestos. First responders and recovery workers spent months searching for family and friends in the heart of the pile, leading to debilitating illnesses among these rescue and recovery workers. These are the voices that the Project carries forward today.
Larry Sullivan, FDNY Rescue 5
On April 25, 2011, Larry Sullivan from FDNY Rescue 5 was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the duodenum,a rare intestinal cancer. Larry’s long and courageous battle with a disease linked directly to his time spent at Ground Zero proved that the FDNY’s slogan of “New York’s Bravest” fit him so well. Through sleepless nights filled with excruciating pain, daily and weekly trips to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the news that his cancer would take him from the world, Larry remained the man that the world will never forget.
The Remembrance Rescue Project is dedicated to keeping the remembrance alive for all those affected on 9/11.
The author, Retired FDNY Lieut. Paul Geidel, is a long time executive board member of the Remembrance Rescue Project. His dedication and devotion to the RRP has been instrumental in keeping the memory alive of all who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11!