Tim Brown, a former New York City firefighter and cofounder of TheBravest.com, says he still marvels at the incredible heroism by ordinary citizens displayed at Ground Zero on the day of the World Trade Center attacks.
"There were a lot of heroes that day. We do know [about] the heroism of the New York City Fire Department, the New York City Police and Port Authority Police, and other uniformed but there are other stories to be told," Brown told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"[But] a lot of civilians who just went to work that day found themselves in challenging positions and chose to help others over their own life and some of them survived and some of them did not. But Americans, New Yorkers, and good human beings decided to step forward to help those in need."
It was a heart-wrenching site.
"When someone was obese or disabled or pregnant, they decided, instead of running out of the building, that they would stay and help those people. Those civilians are heroes too," he said.
"That's just what this country is made up of."
Brown, who was detailed to the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and one of the first responders on the scene, said it's hard to believe 12 years have passed since that nightmarish day.
"I was down at Ground Zero today for the memorial service … the pain is still there," he said.
"I don't think it's there as much as it was every day, every hour of the day, but certainly today while I was sitting in the tent with the people who were going to read their family member's names, there was a lot of anguish, a lot of tears.
"[It was] very, very sad sitting there watching other folks read names and then they had their turn to go. It's very difficult to face for us who are so directly involved in it."
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