Friday, September 09, 2011
Ten years later, iReporter shares video from ground zero

On September 11, 2001, Lou Angeli had been a volunteer firefighter/EMT. At the time, he was also working on a documentary about disasters and major emergencies. His battalion chief contacted him that morning because of a fire in the South tower of the World Trade Center. Little did Angeli know at the time exactly what was happening that day until he was well on his way to Manhattan.

"Although we had no heavy equipment, we began to dig through layers of concrete, wall board, frames and twisted steel -- with our hands. I worked on this and similar bucket brigades during my sixteen days at ground zero."

He will never forget what he saw at the site of the World Trade Center: "I recall a group of 12-15 firefighters who found the body of a colleague buried under about 10 feet of debris. He had been wearing his fire turnout gear, which kept his body relatively intact. I shot from a distance but I could clearly see the look of emptiness in their faces. It was a very solemn event with a fire chaplain saying last rites before the body was placed in a black bag and driven [...] to the temporary morgue."

Ten years later, Angeli shared video for the first time of what he saw that day with CNN iReport (the produced documentary was never released). He spoke to CNN’s Michael Holmes on Thursday about his memories of that day.

Angeli is just one of dozens of iReporters around the world who have shared their memories from 9/11. If you would like to share your story, click here to add to our assignment.

11 Comments
September 9, 2011
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well i'm shocked about what has happened and i wonder what they will do to celabrate about all the people who ricked there lives but so far i'm suprised of some of the things they have done so far.i think the people that heard about the other crashes they risked there lives so it doesn't hit d.c. it hit in pensilvaina and also liked how they blocked off the tree that was there at 9/11/01 because i was asleep and was exactly 2 weeks old.

September 9, 2011
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and like what there doing with the space where the twin towers were.

September 10, 2011
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i think that we will never really forget that day.when we lost so many and we all came together to save all the people that they did. i believe that there was a lot of bad and then there was all these people who volunteered to help and you see the good in them.

September 10, 2011
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when this all happened i was at my house and my parents turned off all the power and we just sat there playing games all night.i was 3 years old and my parents yelled at my sister because she turned on the tv.i really didnt get to see what happened that day until i went to school and my friends told me.

September 11, 2011
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Flight From LAX to JFK Lands, Escorted by Fighter Jets at Request of Pilot 'Out of an Abundance of Caution': Report (Developing)! as per CNBC Why are you guys not covering this news?

 

September 11, 2011
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When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

September 12, 2011
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all of these are so sweet aqua247 why did yall turn off the power also did yall see what will happen in the future i think it is so sweet i even did a report about 9-11-01 and it is 45 pages long 3 out of 3 of my teachers wan to see it.

September 12, 2011
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when i said did yall see what will happen in the future i ment what they did with the place where the twin towers where it is so sweet yall need to see some of the videos about 9/11 now i'm not going to tell you any more your going to have to find out yourself byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ps:lol.

September 13, 2011
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I think we should always remember 9/11 no matter what in life or death or in sickness we will never forget the fallen from that horrible day.

September 14, 2011
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there are rumours, sometimes comfirmed by locals here that a terrorist organisation is calling ordinary nigerians with a particular phone number. all receivers of this call die as a result of explosion of their mobile phones. the calling number has been traced to be 09141. please investigate.

September 16, 2011
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i justloveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the story of 9/11

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