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    Never seen footage Ground Zero (Part 3)


    In Part 3, I document rescue and recovery at Ground Zero on Saturday evening, 9/15/01 at WEST Sector. I meet up with 4 members of the FDNY, who have lost six men from their own station. They would be on the pile, but dozers must clear away debris, which has been carried from the center of the pile to the perimeter in 5 gallon buckets.


    My Rope Rescue Instructor, Lt. Mike Nugent, is in New York with South Florida USAR Task Force-2. Mike has just returned from the bowels of the pile, attempting to determine if any voids, like the shopping mall and subway tubes were somehow left unsearched.


    Finally, I reach what firefighters refer to as "the dig," the place where rescuers use their hands to clear away debris as they search for human remains. Although there are only 7 firemen and police officers digging, backing them is a line of 1,000 volunteers moving debris via bucket brigade to the perimeter.


    Jeff Johns, a transit worker who's been on the pile for 3 days, tells me that he's staying at the dig site until his hands no longer work. When he finally walks away his palms are calloused and bleeding.



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