Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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17 years after 9/11, images remain burned in the mind of one top first responder

O'Donnell (file): "I have seen
enough with my own eyes"

GOSHEN – James “Jimmy” O’Donnell of Goshen was chief of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department at the time when terrorists crashed two jetliners into the World Trade Center Twin Towers, killing 3,000 people. The images of what he saw remain engrained in his mind.

“Seventeen years; it’s hard to believe,” said O’Donnell, who spent the majority of his career with the State Police, retiring in a top-level position in Albany.

O’Donnell said his heart still goes out to the families of those who perished in the attacks in Manhattan, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania.

“I am actually glad that I didn’t have a camera or take any pictures because I have seen enough with my own eyes; I don’t have to be reminded of it,”he said.

Remembrance ceremonies are being held around the region and country to honor the lives lost in the attacks.

 


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