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Reminiscences of Jay Swithers : oral history, 2001-2005.

Creator: Swithers, Jay, 1961-
Project: September 11, 2001 oral history narrative and memory project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 306 pages sound recordings 6 audio discs (149, 105, 126 min.) : digital ; 3 in. sound recording 1 audio disc (113 min.) : digital
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Captain, Emergency Medical Service.

Scope and Contents

Background: born Brooklyn September 11, 1961; career: paramedic Lutheran Medical Center Bay Ridge and Bravo Volunteer Ambulance, urban search and rescue work, captain of Emergency Medical Services Fire Department of New York; reminiscences of early paramedic work at Harlem Hospital; 9/11: witnessing smoke from Brooklyn Bridge, triage work at World Trade Center, collapse of towers, caught in debris, injuries to self and others, shelter in loading dock at second collapse; post-9/11: recovery worker solidarity, success in recovering a survivor, security concerns, medical support to police and firefighters, sensory distortion, loss of friends, concerns about preparedness for future attack and collateral damage of war.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2007. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.

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