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Kitchener-Waterloo Record Opinion Wednesday September 11th 2002 page A10 A Firefighters Reflection I will never be the same This article is about a New York firefighter that was involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers Kevin Flaherty has been on the Fire Department of New York for 8 years He writes to us because he is thankful for the help he got from the Canadian Firefighters He is proud to wear an American-Canadian flag pin Kevin was working the day of September 11th he was with Engine 238 that was called to Tower 2 He remembers hearing loud explosive noises while approaching the building looking up he realized that people were falling from the 80th floor The explosive noises were people hitting the ground- it was constant they kept jumping He was haunted by the fact that people werent on fire were alive until they had hit the ground Once Kevin entered the building he received news that one of his friends was hit by a jumper and killed A group of fire fighters were ordered to go up 2 floors before the fire in Tower 2 they were to take their air cylinders If they got tired they were to take off their equipment and keep heading up As he reached close to the floors that were burning he remembers hearing a loud rumbling noise The lights flickered and they felt wind on their backs Kevin was lifted off his feet and thrown over a set of turnstiles across the lobby and into the wall It felt like an atomic blast Kevin says He couldnt see or hear Then in the darkness he heard Engine 238 Engine 238 The lieutenant was regrouping them They found a way out and noticed that the tower was beginning to collapse he began to run but he knew he couldnt escape the debris He luckily survived the debris without a scratch but
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