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Former NYPD Officer: Each Year 'It's Getting Harder for Me'

By    |   Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 02:47 PM

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the World Trader Center attack and former New York City police officer Scott Strauss tells Newsmax TV that each year "it's getting harder for me."

"I'm not sure why. This morning, like every 9/11 morning, I go back to where I used to work at the Emergency Service Unit of the police department," he told J.D. Hayworth and Morgan Thompson on "America's Forum" Thursday.

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"We get about 40 to 50 guys together that were working that day and we have a nice breakfast," he explained. "There's a ceremony that we have and then we go about our business for the rest of the day."

And while he says he doesn't understand it, "it's getting harder" for him.

Strauss told Newsmax that on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, he "had just left lower Manhattan as a member of the New York City Police Department's Emergency Service Unit."

"I worked the midnight shift and finished up at 8 a.m.," he explained. "I was on my way home, and I heard on the news radio that a tower got struck by an airplane."

"When I got home, I yelled to my wife — my kids had gone to school — that the plane had struck one of the towers," he said.

"I turned the TV on and minutes later I saw the second plane hit. I knew we were under attack," he added.

At that point Strauss says that he kissed his wife, "headed back into the city and mobilized with all the other off duty officers from the NYPD and my unit that were coming in. Then, we headed down to lower Manhattan to the Trade Center."

The former NYC police officer was part of the team that rescued one of the last survivors from the second tower of the World Trade Center.

"There was a whole team of New York City police officers from the Emergency Service Unit that I worked with" that was part of the rescue of "police officer Will Jimeno from the Port Authority Police Department and his partner John McLaughlin."

"They were buried deep in that pile since the first tower came down," he explained.

"We got word they were there at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 11," he said. "We went through an incredible rescue operation to extract Will Jimeno. It took other rescuers another seven and eight hours to get to Sgt. McLaughlin."

"They were buried deep," he added.

"Their wounds were so severe we didn't think they were going to survive the rescue attempt that we were implementing," Strauss told Newsmax.

"It came to a point where they were readying us to cut his leg off and Will was begging us to cut his leg off to get him out so we can get to the sergeant because he was blocking our way to get to the sergeant," he explained.

"Thankfully, we didn't have to do that," he added.

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