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    In Their Own Voices

    NOTE: The article that follows has some content that is difficult to read. I had a hard time finishing it. Some of it is graphic.

    The Fireman's Tale
    Featuring the unabridged transcript and audio.

    John Salka
    Age: 44
    Hometown: Harriman
    Family: Wife and five children
    Occupation: FDNY battalion chief
    Rushed down to Ground Zero to search for fellow firefighters.

    IN THEIR OWN VOICES

    On the morning of September 11th, I was actually home, here in Orange County. I had dropped my son off at the bus and I was going to make a quick detour to get my car looked at quickly that morning, and I

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    So we started encountering that, and I

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    I don

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    That was another time that we tried to get out there, and we just couldn

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    I only recall one civilian victim in all the weeks that I worked there. Of all the hours I spent there, we encountered one civilian victim when I was there. It was a Port Authority worker. He was largely intact. He had an I.D. badge on with his picture. And for some reason I remember from Middletown, New Jersey, that was his address. I don

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    I ended up leaving 11 Truck and I went up to Rescue 3 as a fireman. He left 11 Truck a few years later and went to Squad 41 in the Bronx. He ended up not staying there because it was when they were first opening the company, and it was a lot of disharmony and things going on there. But he ended up going back to 11 Truck. And I ended up getting promoted out of Rescue 3 to lieutenant and I went to 18 Truck, which was right down the block from 11 Truck. We reconnected again there. And then I left 18 Truck as a lieutenant and went to Squad 1 in Brooklyn because I had some experience in the rescue company. They sent me to Brooklyn Squad 1 and Billy McGinn left 11 Truck and went to Squad 1, so now we were together again. I was a lieutenant, he was a fireman. We both got promoted out of there in

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    I remember the front page of the New York Times back at the Father

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    Another friend of mine, Joe Marchbanks, was a battalion chief. Him and Freddie Sheffold, two battalion chiefs, came down that morning

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