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For the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, this podcast tells 20 stories of heroism that will make sure our country doesn't forget that fateful day and its meaning. Our host Niels Jorgensen served as an FDNY firefighter for almost 22 years until a forced medical retirement because of the leukemia he contracted from cleaning up Ground Zero. Niels also drove the truck in the Emmy-nominated Rescue Me with Denis Leary.

Episode Date
Brian Clark: I Was One of Only 18 Survivors Where The South Tower Was Struck
The terrorists crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 to 85, right where Brian Clark worked. Miraculously, he’s alive to tell his story and also that of a stranger named Stanley Praimnath whose life he saved. The one-time strangers are now great friends and “blood brothers.”
Oct 14, 2021
Caryn Pfeifer: My Husband Was A Gentle Giant
FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer was off duty on 9/11 and felt tremendous survivor's guilt about the entirety of his on-duty crew dying. Ultimately, he wouldn't be spared from the wreckage either, getting cancer from the toxins at Ground Zero. But cancer couldn't stop this wheelchair-bound warrior from racing down the halls of Congress to gracefully urge politicians to take care of 9/11 victims like himself. Ray died at 59 years old in 2017 and Caryn, the love of his life, honors her husband with us. 
Oct 07, 2021
Shirley Brooks-Jones: I Was Midflight During 9/11… And It Changed My Life
Shirley Brooks-Jones was on one of the 38 planes in the sky during the terrorist attacks and forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland. This small Canadian community of around 14,000 residents welcomed the surprise guests of almost 7,000 passengers and showed them radical love that made Shirley not want to leave. You won’t believe how she returned the favor and how this unintended detour has turned into a never-ending story.
Sep 30, 2021
Mariah Jacobsen: Discovering My Connection to a 9/11 Hero
Mariah was 16 years old on the morning of 9/11 and had a strange feeling one of her birth parents died in the attack. At 19 she could legally discover who they were, and what she learned was unbelievable. One of her parents would be recognized as one of the greatest heroes of 9/11, saving hundreds if not thousands of lives on that fateful day. Plus, a famous band’s surprising connection to this story.
Sep 23, 2021
Ted Anderson: “You Never Leave A Fallen Comrade Behind, Ever”
Lieutenant Colonel Paul “Ted” Anderson was inside of the Pentagon when it was struck by a plane during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ted not only helped people escape, but then returned into the burning building to save even more lives, over and over again. If not for his heroic actions that day, dozens more may not have survived the already devastating attack.
Sep 15, 2021
John Feal: The Bulldog Who Forced Congress
John Feal was a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero. During the cleanup 8,000 pounds of steel dropped on Feal’s foot, leading to partial amputation. After he was denied compensation for his injury by employers, insurance companies, and elected officials, Feal became the leading advocate for 9/11’s victims. He took his historic fight to Washington and with the help of comedian Jon Stewart, they passed a series of laws to ensure that those who’ve sacrificed so much would be taken care of.
Sep 09, 2021
David Braca: My Dad Led His Coworkers Praying into Their Deaths
Many had made fun of Al Braca for his faith, but in their final moments he brought light to the darkness that surrounded them. The story of a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald, the company which lost the most people on 9/11.
Aug 31, 2021
Mak Hanna: Our Team of 5 Civilians Saved Over 50 Lives
And only Mak is alive to honor their stories. With his best friends Frank De Martini and Pablo Ortiz, he worked for the World Trade Center’s construction division on the 88th floor. 
Aug 31, 2021
Frank Siller: My Brother’s Final Race That Continues to Inspire Millions
FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller ran through a closed tunnel with 60 lbs of gear on his back and gave up his life to save others. Now, hundreds of thousands have raced in his footsteps and tens of millions have been raised for charity in his name. Frank Siller, President of Tunnel to Towers Foundation, tells the story of his brother, an American hero.
Aug 31, 2021