Reflections

Enduring Legacy

One of the enduring legacies I now share with my family and friends is how I met subject matter experts and the dedicated staff of RJ Lee Group and proceeded to deal with developing up the scope of work you share in the web link . RJ Lee Group folks like Dave and Matt roped together the disparities that a group of sampling technicians and professionals brought alike and proceeded to detail a built environment in an unparalleled way. So the story I share goes down in history. As an industrial hygienist, I found myself challenged by you, leading the effort. Never ceasing you were. My profession has earned the title “quiet heroes” mainly for our work in mines and disasters. I too know the long hours we were in respirators and personal protective equipment in spite of the demand for technical accuracy. I would like to urge the staff who worked on this project to take the time to join in the reverence for the emergency responders, as well as to ensure that they too sign up with the 9-11 registry for the epidemiological study of health effects from the WTC Dust. Paul Haas, Certified Industrial Hygienist

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We will never forget. Beverly Gotwalt

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A New Appreciation

Looking back at the days and nights I spent in the Deutsche Bank building, it all seems surreal. I see the images in my memory and know that I was there, but it seems as though I am watching a movie, like I could not have witnessed this tragedy myself. I couldn't have been one of the people walking the desolate stairwells, seeing the abandoned desks that could have been left moments ago except for the inch of dust that had settled over every surface. This was the stuff you see in movies, not real life. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I didn't really think about my months at Ground Zero until I ran into Rich Lee a couple of weeks ago and he told me about this project. I realized how traumatic the experience truly was and how much I had blocked those feelings out. I don't share much about my experiences at Ground Zero, but I will share my strongest memory. I will never forget going to work on the second anniversary of 9/11. Seeing everyone in tears. Hearing the names of those that passed echoing between buildings. We could hear them in Shantytown, all day long. It was strange, sitting in a damaged building, listening to the names of the perished, collecting the dust. I had tears in my eyes all day, broke down crying more times that I can count. I have never been enveloped by so much sorrow in my life, and I hope to never experience it again. Out of my experiences at Ground Zero I gained wonderful friends and a bond that will forever bind us. I gained a new appreciation for life, as well as a new sense of purpose. I cherish the memories; the sorrow in the tragedy, the happiness in helping others. Kelly Carter Uzzo

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Two Tenth Anniversaries – the Past and the Future

We always remember what we were doing when tragedy strikes. We only hope that we have few such experiences in a lifetime. In November 1963, I was student teaching a 7th grade French class when I was called outside the classroom and told that JFK was assassinated. On September 11, 2001 I was in my cubicle working when the guy next to me called out that a plane had hit one of the Towers. Then we watched silently as yet another plane came into view. This was a joke – this had to be some kind of elaborate joke! This was not real. But reality set in quickly as we all sat in the cafeteria watching hour after hour of news broadcast. Friends from Canada whom I had just met on vacation emailed me expressing sympathy and support. My son’s wedding was set for September 21 – just 10 days later. Transportation became a problem for some. Others, vowing that no one had the right to make them afraid, arranged flights and arrived safely. He will never have a problem remembering his anniversary – just 10 days after 9/11/2001. Liz Goodwin

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Reflecting on our work…

“Our team was tasked with performing community air sampling and surveying the workplace for safety and health hazards during the clean-up and demolition activities in some of the buildings directly adjacent to the World Trade Center site. As an industrial hygiene professional I can attest to our team’s high level of commitment to a safe and healthful living and working environment. As a resident and worker in the community during that period I understood the concerns our neighbors. I hope that our work was able to facilitate the neighborhood renewal process and bring some comfort to the families of 9/11 victims, the residents, and workers of Lower Manhattan.” Matt Zock, Certified Industrial Hygienist

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