New York fire chief who was one of 'Miracle 16' that survived North Tower collapse on 9/11 retires

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“After September 11, I felt like I was needed. Serving New Yorkers is what I was here to do. As time when on, I told myself that if I found something that I wanted to do more, I would leave, but that never happened. This job is unique, you are responsible for other people’s lives and nothing can top that. Helping people and being a part of this job is special,” says #FDNY Battalion Chief James McGlynn, who is working his last tour after 33 years with the Department. On September 11, 2001, Chief McGlynn was trapped for several hours in Stairwell B of the North Tower of the World Trade Center as the North Tower collapsed around him and members from Engine 16, Battalion 11, Ladder 6, Engine 39, Battalion 2, PAPD Lieutenant David Lim, and three civilians. FDNY members rescued the group one by one, by lowering a rope through an opening at the top of the stairwell. Chief McGlynn, who served FDNY as a Lieutenant at the time of the attacks, was promoted to Captain in 2004, and to Battalion Chief in 2008. Chief McGlynn says, “The FDNY is my second family and I will miss being an active member. I will miss the camaraderie, the daily grind, the firehouse kitchen, and how every day was different. When I decided to join the Department in 1985, I wanted more than just a job. I wanted to do something that I was proud of.” FDNY wishes Chief McGlynn a happy and healthy retirement. #NeverForget

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A New York firefighter who survived after being trapped beneath millions tons of metal when the World Trade Center North Tower collapsed on 9/11, is retiring 18 years after the terrorists attacks.

FDNY Battalion Chief Jim McGlynn is a 34-year veteran and was the last of the Miracle 16 to be pulled out alive from the collapsed Twin Towers in 2001.

Career - Lives - Life - Thousands

As he prepares to wrap up his career saving lives, he still can't believe his life was spared when thousands died.


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'Any time I'm home somewhere and I see a picture of that building coming down, just coming down straight I realize I am someone down here, and I just shake my head and say OK thank you God,' McGlynn said in an interview with CBS News.

'It sounded like a freight train coming down. The building kind of contorted around you. I tried to find a spot where you might be safe. Got into some kind of a fetal position, said a few prayers and just waited for it to stop.'

Position - Stairwell - B - Firefighter - Help

Miraculously, his position in Stairwell B was what saved him and allowed the firefighter to radio for help.

'You knew obviously exactly what was going on. You heard the floors coming down one by one. You heard the "boom, boom, boom, boom, boom". So there was no question in my mind what was going on at that point,' he told WCBS 880.

Noise - Vibrations - Kind - Sense - Bearings

'After the noise stopped and the vibrations you just kind of got up, brushed yourself off and tried to collect yourself and make sense of what happened. Try to get your bearings, figure out who was around you, where your men were.

'Started giving maydays over the hand talkie, basically just waited for things to clear up so that you could formulate some kind of plan.'


However rescuers didn't know where...
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