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Ordinary heroes : a memoir of 9/11 / Joseph Pfeifer, first FDNY Chief at the World Trade Center.

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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District.

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Summary:

"From the first FDNY chief to respond to the 9/11 attacks, an intimate memoir and a tribute to those who died that others might live. When Chief Joe Pfeifer led his firefighters to investigate an odor of gas in downtown Manhattan on the morning of 9/11, he had no idea that his life was about to change forever. A few moments later, he watched the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. Pfeifer, the closest FDNY chief to the scene, spearheaded rescue efforts on one of the darkest days in American history. Ordinary Heroes is the unforgettable and intimate account of what Chief Pfeifer witnessed at Ground Zero, on that day and the days that followed. Through his eyes, we see the horror of the attack and the courage of the firefighters who ran into the burning towers to save others. We see him send his own brother up the stairs of the North Tower, never to return. And we walk with him and his fellow firefighters through weeks of rescue efforts and months of numbing grief, as they wrestle with the real meaning of heroism and leadership. This gripping narrative gives way to resiliency and a determination that permanently reshapes Pfeifer, his fellow firefighters, NYC, and America. Ordinary Heroes takes us on a journey that turns traumatic memories into hope, so we can make good on our promise to never forget 9/11"--Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 973.931 PFE 2021 (Text) 33892100756528 Adult New Books Book None 09/20/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593330258
  • ISBN: 0593330250
  • Physical Description: 246 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Portfolio/Penguin, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-246).
Formatted Contents Note:
An ordinary day -- Aiming for the North Tower -- Go up -- Déjà vu -- A loud rumbling sound -- Cloud of darkness -- Brother searching for brother -- Fear at home -- The pile -- An avalanche of memories -- A race against time -- Unthinkable losses -- Family time -- Becoming -- Saying goodbye -- Through the lens -- Emerging from the ashes -- How can I help? -- Igniting change -- Glowing red -- Smoldering embers -- The whole world on fire -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"From the first FDNY chief to respond to the 9/11 attacks, an intimate memoir and a tribute to those who died that others might live. When Chief Joe Pfeifer led his firefighters to investigate an odor of gas in downtown Manhattan on the morning of 9/11, he had no idea that his life was about to change forever. A few moments later, he watched the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. Pfeifer, the closest FDNY chief to the scene, spearheaded rescue efforts on one of the darkest days in American history. Ordinary Heroes is the unforgettable and intimate account of what Chief Pfeifer witnessed at Ground Zero, on that day and the days that followed. Through his eyes, we see the horror of the attack and the courage of the firefighters who ran into the burning towers to save others. We see him send his own brother up the stairs of the North Tower, never to return. And we walk with him and his fellow firefighters through weeks of rescue efforts and months of numbing grief, as they wrestle with the real meaning of heroism and leadership. This gripping narrative gives way to resiliency and a determination that permanently reshapes Pfeifer, his fellow firefighters, NYC, and America. Ordinary Heroes takes us on a journey that turns traumatic memories into hope, so we can make good on our promise to never forget 9/11"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Pfeifer, Joseph, 1956-
New York (N.Y.). Fire Department.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
Fire fighters > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
Search and rescue operations > New York (State) > New York.
Heroes > New York (State) > New York.

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