Saturday.. January 19, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 130
Fresh Kills Landfall
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
Staten Island, New York--I am sitting in Helena, Montana, watching
a PBS program on a place called Fresh Kills Landfall, a garbage
pit in Staten Island where the debris from the World Trade Center
is brought and police and FBI sift through the destruction for
They are looking for the "black box" and any identification
of the remains of those killed in the September 11 Terrorist
I watch as the chief of detectives for NYPD opens drawers full
of watches from bodies, some still ticking. There
is a glass box full of money, recovered from the site.
Pieces of art from offices, and drawers of jewelry are crowded
with remnants of the thousands who died that day.
look for any identification on the items. If we can match
them with a person, we return them to the family members."
watched the interviews with the workers who volunteer to dig
through the rubble, I think of the name of the site: Fresh
Kill Landfall. It seems so inappropriate, and yet
of the dead and the noxious perfume of destruction clings to
a federal special agent, volunteered to dig through the rubble
in the aftermath. She wore heavy clothing
and masks to reduce the pungent odor.
I hope there
won't be another.
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