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|The First Responders, a book by Anthea Appel|
The First Responders
On the morning of September 11th 2001, two hijacked jetliners crashed into the Twin Towers. Within minutes of the attack, 36 Emergency Service Unit cops of the NYPD responded to the scene. They divided into six Teams. The first five Teams entered the Towers, and the sixth Team headed for the helicopters to attempt a daring air rescue.
14 of them would not survive.
For the first time, here are the details of what the Emergency Service Unit teams did and saw as they climbed the burning Towers. Burden down with heavy equipment they searched for terrorist ���sleepers,��� and survivors. Then the first Tower collapsed. Fearing that a second collapse was imminent, the firefighters and the police were ordered to evacuate. Now, the countdown began. In the harrowing final minutes, the police teams encountered everything from the absurd���including, the arrest of a mysterious man in the North Tower���to terrifying close calls. As the second Tower fell, tensions flared, bonds are formed, friends are lost, and tough and street-wise cops learn the true meaning of duty and heroism.
In this book, other stories from the NYPD include the rescue of two Port Authority cops, P.O. Will Jimeno and Sgt. John McLoughlin, who were buried under the collapse of the South Tower; the first flag raising, and the nine-month search and rescue���and the recovery���at Ground Zero.
These important and powerful stories have never been told���until now.
(A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the 9/11 Police Aid Foundation www.911policeaidfoundation.org. This Foundation was created by two NYPD cops to assist the many police officers who are now very ill from the World Trade Center toxic dust. ~ AA)
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I have always been a writer.
When I was nine-years old I wrote my first book. It was called ���The Cats of Blackheath.��� It was about a gang of talking cats who lived in a park in London. Every night they���d roam the streets and back alleys saving lives and performing supernatural feats (I know, whoever heard of a cat dragging someone out of a burning building? But, as a little girl, I felt cats had the bum-rap in the super-hero department). The book was only twenty-pages long, never published. But, my mother loved it. She carefully packed my ���little book��� away in the bottom drawer of her dresser, underneath all the other stories I wrote as a child. Maybe, one day, I should pull them all out and read them again.
Writing a bio about myself is harder than writing a 344-page book���but, here it is in a nutshell:
I was born in Kenton County, Kentucky. My family and I lived there until I was five, and then we moved to Ohio, Missouri, and at the age of eleven���New York City. I went to High School of Art & Design in Manhattan. Studied photography. At nineteen, I ran away to England. It was the best time of my life. Took photographs, hung out with rock bands. In my early twenties, I returned to New York City. I became a free-lance photographer. Then I went to college: Queens College in Flushing, Queens. Studied physics, Greek, screen writing, film making, English, linguistics & communications. As you can see, I couldn���t settle on a major. In 1982, took the police exam and joined the NYPD. Worked patrol in North and South Queens. But, I never lost my love for photography. Took night classes at NYU���s Film School for cinematography, film directing and production. Then 9/11 happened. For me, it was the writing on the wall. In 2002, after twenty-years service in the NYPD, I retired. In 2003, I began to write ���The First Responders.��� After several set-backs with literary agents, publishers, and mood-swinging, grouchy editors, I learned the hard way the ins-and-outs of writing and publishing a book.
Today, I���m writing my second, and third book. One is a fiction-thriller, and the other is another non-fiction book (but, I���ll keep mum on the topic, at the moment). I still take photographs. Planning a trip to Antarctica. Will learn to be a better swimmer. Buy a bike. Visit the South of France. And, one day collect my old childhood stories into a little book.
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