On Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of law enforcement officers from numerous agencies responded to the attack on the World Trade Center towers.

In this special series of interviews, we discuss how officers responded to the attack, then worked through the days and months of trying to recover evidence and remains, and finally fought the political battle to provide medical care for 9/11 first responders.

Our first guest is Frank DeMasi.

A retired NYPD officer, Frank DeMasi served with the city's Emergency Services Unit and responded to the World Trade Center that morning just before the second plane hit the South Tower.


👂 Listen to Part II with Frank DeMasi


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⏱ Timestamps ⏱
0:00 Introduction
0:42 What frank saw as he approached the towers
2:23 What frank remembers most about 9/11
4:11 Law enforcement actions taken before the towers fell
5:45 Orders that Frank received at the scene
8:30 Hell on Earth: when the towers fell
11:07 Frank’s mission after the towers fell