A doctor who rolled to the scene of 9/11 when the Twin Towers were burning, has never before seen photos of the recovery effort on Ground Zero, while America is preparing for the 18th anniversary of the attacks tomorrow.
After he saw the towers on fire on September 11, 2001, Dr. Emil Chynn, who had walked his dog, to the site to see what happened.
When he arrived he was surrounded by debris and smoke, but quickly got started setting up what he claims to be the first triage center on the ground.
The following days, thousands of construction workers, workers and volunteers gathered at Ground Zero to look for survivors and embark on the long road to clean up the site, burning wounds and dust clouds in the air.
Eighteen people were freed alive from the rubble, one of them until 12:30 pm on September 12, but thousands of others were detained. The death toll was 2,977 including the attack on the Pentagon and the fourth plane that was shot down by heroic passengers in Pennsylvania.
Wreck: Volunteers in helmets and rescuers in high-visibility coats climb over the rubble that was the only thing left of the World Trade Center, an American flag in the foreground, in the aftermath of 9/11. Both iconic New York's Twin Towers were reduced to dust after being hit by hijacked planes on the morning of September 11, 2001
The long cleaning starts: a yellow excavator starts picking up the rubble while thousands of construction workers, workers and volunteers gather at Ground Zero to search for survivors. Eighteen people were freed alive from the rubble, one of them until 12:30 on September 12, but thousands of others were trapped
Wall of Despair: a pizza restaurant in New York City is covered with photos of missing people, with thousands of families fearing the worst and desperately waiting for news after their loved ones go missing on 9/11
Nocturnal recovery: the cleaning and desperate search for survivors continued after darkness fell on Ground Zero with the creepy wreck of the World Trade Center still scattered on the ground
Reduced to rubble: buildings in New York City that once stood in the shadow of the World Trade Center remained towering above the remains (left), while rescuers did their best to manage the recovery in the streets (right)
This year, the 9/11 Memorial was expanded in honor of firefighters, police, and others who died or became ill months or even years later, after exposure to toxins released into the wreck.
Debris covered the ground, bodies and body parts hidden between them, fires still raging after the aircraft fuel from the two aircraft exploded on the Twin Towers.
The al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial aircraft in a devastating coordinated attack and used them as missiles, both towers coming down in less than two hours after being hit.
The collapse of the World Trade Center produced thick dust clouds and fires burned in the rubble for months.
More than 51,000 people have applied for a Victim Compensation Fund that makes payments to people with diseases possibly related to 9/11.
Now 50, the doctor has released the photos that he took during the week that he was voluntarily on site to demonstrate the kindness of strangers in America's darkest hour.
Volunteers including ironworkers and members of the demolition and construction sector also came to the site to support the rescue efforts, while the FBI went looking for aircraft parts and black boxes.
Emergency assistance: a vehicle from the New York City Fire Department on the scene at Ground Zero, where countless cars were burned by the fire after aircraft-laden aircraft exploded in both towers of the World Trade Center
Burn-out: a man with a jacket and a gas mask points to a black, burn-out car on Ground Zero. In addition to taking nearly 3,000 lives, the attacks caused at least $ 10 billion in property and infrastructure damage
Recovery: people wear protective clothing on Ground Zero, dressed in safety helmets and white overalls, with drops and cardboard boxes around them as they help clean up the creepy remains of the World Trade Center
Protection: officers wearing gas masks work on the night shift at Ground Zero, where a message behind them warns them to look at falling glass from the destroyed buildings. Hundreds of aid workers died on 9/11
Doctor Dr. Emil Chynn, seen above with the last remains of the World Trade Center behind him, was early on the scene on 9/11 after seeing the Twin Towers burning while walking his dog
Mr. Chynn said: “When I saw the plumes of smoke coming from the center, I knew I had to go downstairs to see what was going on.
& # 39; As soon as I arrived I was surrounded by smoke, debris and paper inches deep, but I had to go find the buildings.
& # 39; Along the way I met other volunteers and after looking around for 30 minutes we found the remains of the Twin Towers, which were only about three floors high. The scene was terrible, people were trying to remove debris and body parts everywhere.
& # 39; I quickly did what I could to help and set up the first triage center as the first doctor on site. & # 39; I was on site for about a week and took these photos while I was there.
& # 39; No matter how painful the time was and the photos are, they show the sincere compassion that people have for other strangers.
& # 39; Everyone looks back at what has frightened about humanity instead of how a city came together to risk their lives and help people they didn't even know. & # 39;
Burning wreck: a fire still rages and tears the roof of a nearby building, with debris spread over the ground, after the collapse of the World Trade Center caused serious damage to surrounding buildings
All-day task: the last remaining stories about the World Trade Center chassis are seen at night with dozens of people looking for bodies and wreckage (left), while rescuers immediately in the week following the 9 attacks / 11 are seen
Rescued from the rubble: a rescuer holds a dog and smiles at the camera while volunteers and rescuers search through the rubble. The doctor has shared the images to show how the city came together in the aftermath of the attacks
Two fire officers on Ground Zero where a destroyed building is still behind them, but the others are reduced to rubble. In the days after 9/11, the authorities worked to remove crashed cars to help emergency services reach the site
Three men and their dogs: three first responders with helmet wear pose with their dog mates at Ground Zero, where thousands came to help, but some were exposed to toxins in the wreck and got sick for months or even years
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