Dexter Filkins Again, 9/11: Several Hours After

  • Above me stood one of the airplane landing struts, maybe thirty feet high, snapped off and lying at an angle in the street, looking like the collapsed wing of some enormous bird. The tire was still filled with air.

After several hours, Filkins manages to get right up to the site. He engages a fireman in conversation. Many of these first responders would be dead of cancer, years later, but right then, no one knows. This fireman is quite willing to talk to Filkins.

  • They couldn’t get in there themselves, the fireman said, so they were sending dogs in, and the dogs had cameras attached. In case there was someone still alive in there. “We’re seeing a lot of spinal cords,” he said.

And all self wants to ask is: Why spinal cords?

Stay tuned.



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