Monday, August 15, 2011

New book marks 10th 9/11 anniversary by showing WTC attacks thru firefighter's eyes



By GARY BAUMGARTEN

For Harvey Eisner, editing WTC, In Their Own Words was a labor of love.

Eisner, a retired Tenafly, New Jersey fire chief and longtime editor of Firehouse Magazine, felt the calling to capture the story of 9/11 and present it through the eyes of those who responded to the call - members of the FDNY - the New York Fire Department.

It's more than photojournalism at its best - captured images from a perspective never before seen by the public. It's a reference guide. And in year's to come, it may very well be a seminal historic accounting of the immediate aftermath of the worst terrorist attack in history.

For some, still active or retired firefighters, it was too difficult to tell the story. For others, it was just the first, or second time, that they've ever articulated the emotional pain of that fateful day, nearly 10 years ago.

There's an accompanying DVD, with recorded video images as well.

Eisner felt it important to record for history the words of some of those who put their lives on the line. To present stories that have never before been publicly shared.

It was his way of honoring those who died, those who are ill, those who still will die from cancers and other diseases related to their responding to 9/11 and for those who lost brother firefighters on September 11, 2001.

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