On September 11, 2001 I lived three blocks east
of the World Trade Center. That morning I ended up commandering
the police van you see in the first picture with a few civilians.
We took it upon ourselves to help in anyway we knew how. That
meant gathering supplies from all over the City and bringing it
back to the site. Every now and then I would stop, frame a shot,
fire it off and get back to helping. Not really taking into consid-eration
the historic importance of what I was capturing.
After I finished off my three rolls of 120 film. I put my camera
away and went back to helping. I didn’t process the film
for two and half months. Even viewed through the eyes of a layman,
you see the importance and uniqueness of what was captured. But,
I simply shelved the film and didn’t think about it for
9 years. In 2011 for the ten year anniversary, I wrote a book
about what I experienced that day as a first responder and the
heroism I saw first hand from not only the government employees,
but the incredible bravery I saw from the local citizens that
day and the weeks that followed.
I put this up here not only so no one will forget. But also as
a reminder about the many that are still suffering from
untreatable, unrecognizable, undiagnosed and ignored illnesses.
Which the government still wishes to sweep under the rug. Please
take this time to research the various charities and do what you
can to help. Whether that is financial help, or lend a helping
hand, to a suffering first responder, in this, their most urgent
time of need.
On 9-11 they weren’t asked to do anything, but they did
it anyway. Today, they don’t ask for anything, but we should
do it anyway.
see all the images captured please visit Richard Agudelo's website
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