Samstag, 10. September 2011

Vor 10 Jahren....9/11 Tributes...Bill Biggart

Eins der letzten Fotos von Bill Biggart -
One of Bill Biggart's last photos, probably taken 3 minutes prior to Bill Biggart's death,
showing how fast dogs were on the scene

Photo source

10:28:24 a.m. on September 11th, 2001 was the precise second that photojournalist Bill Biggart took the final shot of his life. Photojournalist Bill Biggart captured this shot and many more immediately following the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. Just that quickly, SAR dogs were on the scene and working. After Bill Biggart captured these unsung heroes, he was killed when the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed under him. Four days later, a SAR dog found his body. Among his three demolished cameras, his burnt-edged press card, and six rolls of film, searchers found one preserved compact flash card carrying almost 150 digital images. It was the remains of one horrifying day and one extraordinary life.

“I am certain if Bill had come home at the end of that day, he would have had many stories to tell us, as he always did. And had we asked how it really was, he would have said, ‘Take my advice, don’t stand under any tall buildings that have just been hit by airplanes.”
-Wendy Doremus, wife of Bill Biggart.

Bill Biggart was the only journalist who died during the attacks.

More about Bill Biggart and his photos you will find on his web site , where you can also find a selection of his last photos taken on 9/11

September 11, 2011

10 years ago, on September 11 at 8:46 a.m., five hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center's North Tower (1 WTC) and at 9:03 a.m. another five hijackers crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower (2 WTC). Five hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. A fourth flight, under the control of four hijackers, crashed United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m. after the passengers fought the hijackers. Flight 93's ultimate target is believed to have been either the Capitol or the White House. The South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. after burning for 56 minutes in a fire caused by the impact of United Airlines Flight 175. The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m. after burning for 102 minutes. When the North Tower collapsed, debris fell on the nearby 7 World Trade Center building (7 WTC) damaging it and starting fires. These fires burned for hours and compromised the building's structural integrity and 7 WTC collapsed at 5:21 p.m. There were a total of 2,996 deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. The victims included 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. All the deaths in the attacks were civilians, except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon.

Over 90% of the workers and visitors who died in the towers had been at or above the points of impact. In the North Tower 1,355 people at or above the point of impact were trapped and died of smoke inhalation, fell or jumped from the tower to escape the smoke and flames, or were killed in the building's eventual collapse. A further 107 people below the point of impact did not survive. In the South Tower, one stairwell remained intact allowing 18 people to escape from above the point of impact. 630 people died in the South Tower which was fewer than half of the number killed in the North Tower. Casualties in the South Tower were significantly reduced by the decision of some occupants to start evacuating when the North Tower was struck.

At least 200 people fell or jumped to their deaths from the burning towers (as depicted in the photograph The Falling Man), landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below. Some occupants of each tower above the point of impact made their way upward toward the roof in hope of helicopter rescue, but the roof access doors were locked. No plan existed for helicopter rescues, and the thick smoke and intense heat would have prevented helicopters from approaching.

A total of 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene died as they tried to rescue people and fight fires. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) lost 341 firefighters and 2 paramedics. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) lost 23 officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers. Eight emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics from private emergency medical services units were killed. (source/ dt.)

Among the many helpers who responded, there were also the Search & Rescue dogs. Some of them I will present to you during the coming days of commemoration.


Britta-Gudrun hat gesagt…

Liebe Birgit,

ich bin heute in einer tiefen Schwermut. Die Erinnerung an den
11.September fällt so zeitnah mit dem plötzlichen Tod meines Mannes -nur wenige Wochen vorher - zusammen.
Tausende von Menschen haben von einer Sekunde auf die andere ihr Liebstes verloren, ich weiß, was das heißt...

Die Geschichten der Menschen, die mit ihren Rettungshunden auch ihr
Leben riskieren, haben mich tief bewegt.
Der verstorbene Journalist tat es aus demselben Grund, um der Nachwelt dieses Grauen zu dokumentieren.

Liebe Grüße

Birgit Rudolph/Dirk Krehl hat gesagt…

Liebe Britta-Gudrun,
Auch ich bin schon die ganzen letzten Tage mit diesem Tag und seinen Folgen beschäftigt. Und dies wird auch noch ein wenig so bleiben.

Es tut mir sehr leid zu hören , dass diese Zeit für dich so nah mit dem Verlust deines Mannes zusammenhängt, von daher müssen die Bilder der trauernden Menschen noch einmal eine ganz andere Nähe zu Verlust und Schmerz für dich bedeuten.

Ich drücke dich jetzt einfachj mal von hier aus. Manchmal gehen Worte nicht.


Birgit Rudolph/Dirk Krehl hat gesagt…

I just want to say thank you to Wendy Doremus, the wife of Bill Biggart,for granting me permission to share some of the photos he took on his last day.It means a lot to me.


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