9/11 in focus: For five men, tragedy remains over photo of 9/11’s first casualty

Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Friday, September 2, 2011 – Globe and Mail

NEW YORK — John Maguire still has the shirt.

Its blue fabric is laced with pale 10-year-old dust, and torn in the back where he was peppered with debris as he struggled to help carry the dead weight of a stranger he felt driven to assist.

“When the picture was out there, I figured maybe I’d hang on to this just as a memento. … It’s hard to throw something away that has that much history attached to it.

“It probably isn’t safe,” to keep that dust around, he acknowledges. “But one day, I’ll show my son.”

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9/11 in focus: NYPD officer recalls choking cloud of dust when twin towers fell

Photo by Ruth Fremson/New York Times

Thursday, September 1, 2011 – Globe and Mail

As Richard Adamiak sought refuge, the choking cloud of dust came in with him.

“It was coating everything. It was getting everywhere,” he recalls. “But it was better than being out on the street, breathing it.”

Even within the sanctuary of the deli, it was almost impossible to draw a breath.

“Your mouth felt like someone took a bag of powdered concrete and threw it in.”

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World Trade Center survivor escaped from wrecked tower, but never left it behind

Photo by Phil Penman

August 31, 2011 – Globe and Mail


Before making his way down the burning, crumbling North Tower, Srinath Jinadasa stopped to water his begonias.

It was the sort of calculation an engineer would make, an attempt to maintain rational thought in an irrational circumstance.

For the Port Authority engineer, the emergency had a sense of déja vu: He’d been working in that same office eight years earlier when a bomb went off in the basement of the World Trade Center.

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