GOVAC's VIEW OF
GROUND ZERO
Every morning there was a delivery of all kinds of stuff to the staging area. Since there was no place
to buy food in the area, the donations were greatly appreciated.
The day started out warm & sunny. While waiting to be deployed we sat out & enjoyed the sun,
people running by on the jogging path next to us would slow down & say "
thank you". If you have
ever been to NYC before you know that most people won't give you the time of day. Now they
stopped to talk to us.
The day started out bright & sunny. We sat in staging watching bus loads of rescuers coming in from
Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Miami. We also saw truck loads of food being delivered. Did you know
McDonald's has a disaster team? Now you do.
By the time it was our turn to be deployed it was raining. We were originally were sent
to the South Staging area at Battery Park. While driving down the West Side Highway
toward ground zero out of nowhere there was a large group of people in the middle of
the road holding signs & flags in the rain. They were cheering us calling us hero's.
Telling us to be strong & thanking us for being there. We only passed it once & it was
very moving. We can't imagine what it felt like to pass it all the time.
Well here is our first view of the site. In front of Florida's rig  to the left there should be 2
110 story buildings. It was now a gray & smoky huge pile of twisted metal.
The signs of destruction were everywhere. Just over the steering wheel at the corner of
the building you can see writing in the dust covering the large window. There were
papers everywhere for blocks.
We were only in staging for a few minutes when we were sent to medical staging at
Cedar Ave & Trinity Place.
Welcome
to
Ground Zero
As you look toward the site from Trinity Place you can see the fire dept. Still spraying water on
the pile. At this time there was still 3 major fires going. Everytime the equipment would move
the debris it would give the fire air & the smoke would turn black. everyone worked with an
eye on the burnt out shells of the other buildings. They were so unstable. Some buildings have
to have construction netting placed on them to keep debris from coming down on the workers.
Some recent pictures of the World Trade Center.
On 1/14/06 two members of our crew went back
to the site for the first time since Sept. 2001. Here
is what they saw.  
This was the EMS area for
us during our shift.
There is lots of work going on in the area but
they are back to work. There will soon be a
welcome center located in the shop were
most rescuers were fed.
It brought back lots of feelings.
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GOVAC EMT's  bill & Lisa Scheuermann & Aimee Vasquez answered the call
for crews & rigs for September 23 - 25th, 2001. Other GOVAC members
handled calls back at home. Florida, Town of Wallkill and Woodbury filled out
the Orange County group.
GOVAC was given the designation of 72D. The first 12 hours we were
stationed at Chelsea Pier (Pier 59) along with the rest of the rigs from across
the state. As the need arose for an ambulance to transport or relieve
another crew we would be sent out.
Some crews were sent to the Navy ship Comfort to sleep & get some food.
They said it was nice but the guys on deck with the guns was alittle
unsettling.