Remembering 9/11: through the eyes of Texas Task Force 1

POSTED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 2:17pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- The ten year anniversary of the September 11th attacks is this Sunday and as the world takes time to look back on that historic event, members of the Texas Task Force One honor those who lost their lives and take time to reflect on their time spent at Ground Zero.

"It was almost disbelief when I first saw the pile. It was enormous and the amount of destruction was unbelievable. We had seen the images on TV but until you saw it in person, it just took your breath away," said Texas Task Force One search and rescue responder, Denise Corliss.

Denise Corliss was one of the search and rescue members from Texas Task Force One sent to New York just days after the towers fell.

It was there Corliss and her dog Bretagny searched for survivors amongst the rubble.

"Well certainly we were trained for disaster environments but nothing could prepare us for what we saw at Ground Zero," Corliss said.

And those images have had a lasting affect on Task Force One members.

"Most things were just pulverized beyond belief," said Chief of Texas Task Force One, Bob McKee.

"The pile was several stories, was five-six stories high at least of just steel, mangled mess and rubble and debris," said Corliss.

The team spent 10 days at Ground Zero searching for survivors and with the ten year anniversary just days away, members say it's important to remember what happened on that day.

Chief McKee said, "I see it as an opportunity to reflect, to think about those that were lost, those friends that we lost."

Corliss says her and her teammates plan to head to New York, in honor of those who can't.

"We will spend some time probably going to some church services and some other memorial events again just to reflect and honor those who lost their lives."

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