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Reminiscences of Michele Fitzsimmons : oral history, 2005.

Creator: Fitzsimmons, Michele, 1969-
Project: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 96 p. sound recordings: 2 sound discs (260 min.) : digital ; 3 in.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Firefighter / President, FireFLAG.

Scope and Contents

Born Queens, NY, raised Long Island, NY; family background in firefighting; career: Division of AIDS Services work, New York Fire Department [NYFD]; NYFD work: probation period, discrimination and sexual harassment, behavioral patterns between firefighters; 9/11: learning of attack while driving in Queens, reporting to work, arriving to World Trade Center on firetruck, working through rubble; post-9/11: emotional disconnect while working at ground zero, physical effects of labor, NYFD expectations for attending funerals, masculine “hero” rhetoric, firefighter sex appeal.


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