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Moorhead Public Library 921 PFE (Text) 33500013472014 New Checked out 11/04/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780593330258
  • ISBN: 0593330250
  • Physical Description: 246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Portfolio/Penguin, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-246).
Formatted Contents Note:
An Ordinary Day -- Aiming for the North Tower -- Go Up -- Déjà Vu -- A Loud Rumbling Sound -- Cloud of Darkness -- Brother Searching for Brother -- Fear at Home -- The Pile -- An Avalanche of Memories -- A Race Against Time -- Unthinkable Losses -- Family Time -- Becoming -- Saying Goodbye -- Through the Lens -- Emerging from the Ashes -- How Can I Help? -- Igniting Change -- Glowing Red -- Smoldering Embers -- The Whole World on Fire.
Summary, etc.:
"From the first FDNY chief to respond to the 9/11 attacks, an intimate memoir and a tribute to those who died that others might live When Chief Joe Pfeifer led his firefighters to investigate an odor of gas in downtown Manhattan on the morning of 9/11, he had no idea that his life was about to change forever. A few moments later, he watched the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. Pfeifer, the closest FDNY chief to the scene, spearheaded rescue efforts on one of the darkest days in American history. Ordinary Heroes is the unforgettable and intimate account of what Chief Pfeifer witnessed at Ground Zero, on that day and the days that followed. Through his eyes, we see the horror of the attack and the courage of the firefighters who ran into the burning towers to save others. We see him send his own brother up the stairs of the North Tower, never to return. And we walk with him and his fellow firefighters through weeks of rescue efforts and months of numbing grief, as they wrestle with the real meaning of heroism and leadership. This gripping narrative gives way to resiliency and a determination that permanently reshapes Pfeifer, his fellow firefighters, NYC, and America. Ordinary Heroes takes us on a journey that turns traumatic memories into hope, so we can make good on our promise to never forget 9/11"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 August #1
    The summer of 2001 had been mostly uneventful for Manhattan's Duane Street Firehouse in terms of emergency calls. Two French filmmakers had even been documenting the life of a young probationary fireman named Tony, who was looking to gain full firefighter status and respect. Battalion chief Pfeifer, however, a 20-year veteran of the FDNY, saw the dry spell as disquieting: a calm before the storm. In the middle of a 24-hour shift, Pfeifer received a call reporting the smell of gas. The call, which turned out to be a false alarm, fatefully left Pfeifer and his company only a few blocks from the Twin Towers when a plane hit the North Tower, and Pfeifer wasted no time sending his men to the World Trade Center. Pfeifer recounts the horrific day as he narrowly escapes the collapse of the North Tower. The terror and confusion is palpable as he writes of making it back to the station and attempting to account for his brethren. Noteworthy for its straightforwardness, Pfeifer's memoir is painful, yet powerful. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Pfeifer, Joseph, 1956-
New York (N.Y.). Fire Department.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
Fire fighters > New York (State) > New York > Biography.
Search and rescue operations > New York (State) > New York.
Heroes > New York (State) > New York.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
New York (N.Y.). Fire Department.
Fire fighters.
Heroes.
Search and rescue operations.
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: Autobiographies.
Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Autobiographies.
Biographies.
Personal narratives.

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