Women at Ground Zero
Stories of Courage and Compassion
Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba
July 10, 2002
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". . . first-hand accounts of the bravery and compassion of these women in the midst of chaos."
"343 Firefighters died this day; three of them were women."
". . . stark details, given to the public here for the first time, are burned into their hearts forever."
Much has been written about the heroes of 9/11, but little about the female participants until this book came along. In 30 interviews with female firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police, and port authority and transit officers, Hagen (a firefighter and freelance writer)and Carouba (an investigative social worker Carouba) provide coherent, first-hand accounts of the bravery and compassion of these women in the midst of chaos.
While harboring deep feelings of concern for their missing co-workers and friends, these women unfailingly placed themselves in danger for the civilians in their care. And then came to work the next day, and the next.
Out of 11,500 New York firefighters, only 25 are women. 343 firefighters died on 9/11; three of them were women. Having their contributions ignored by the media after 9/11 has added sadness to the burden these survivors feel. As professionals in careers dominated by men, these women have exhibited uncommon daring and determination.
The interviews demonstrate their harrowing experiences and their calm improvisation in the absence of the central leadership lost when the buildings collapsed. The stark details, given to the public here for the first time, are burned into their hearts forever. This portrayal of their physical and emotional pain, the choking debris, the blinding smoke and their dedication during disaster, places the reader at the scene.