The REAL Rudy
Andy Ansbro is a NYC firefighter assigned to Engine 58. The World Trade Center on September 11 was his first fire on the job. He barely survived the collapse of the first tower. Andy had first-hand experience with the problems that arose from the destruction of the Emergency Command Center and the radio failures on 9/11.

Wayne Barrett is a senior editor at Village Voice and an investigative journalist who has written numerous books, including two on Rudy Giuliani: Rudy!: An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani and Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11.

Marvin Bethea, Paramedic, was on the scene as a first responder during the 9/11 tragedy. Mr. Bethea was buried under debris when the first World Trade Center tower fell. Upon escape, Bethea helped another victim to safety as the second tower began to collapse. He was then covered in debris only to escape once again. Despite his own trauma, Marvin Bethea returned to Ground Zero on September 14, 2001 to provide more aid to victims, rescue workers and volunteers assisting in the search. Five weeks later he suffered a stroke attributed to 9/11 stress and later was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma, post traumatic stress disorder and chronic rhinitis. Mr. Bethea currently takes 13-15 medications daily to treat his multiple conditions. Although awarded for his heroic service in the rescue and recovery efforts, attorneys contesting his workers compensation claim questioned whether he was at the site at all.

Prof. Glenn Corbett is an Associate Professor of Fire Science at John Jay College in New York City. He is currently an Assistant Chief of a Bergen County, New Jersey Volunteer Fire Department, and was President of the New Jersey Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is the Technical Editor of "Fire Engineering Magazine" and was a member of the "America Burning" panel, commissioned by former President Clinton and James Lee Witt, former FEMA Director. This panel studied the field of Fire Protection and Firefighting throughout the USA. Prof. Corbett possesses over a decade of experience in Fire and Building Code enforcement procedures. He was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Federal Investigation of the collapse of the WTC . He has advised the 9-11 Commission on technical aspects of Fire Science and the Fire Service. Prof. Corbett has testified before Congress, State Legislatures, and before the City Council of NY on 9/11 related issues of Firefighter and Public Safety . He is a member of the NYC Building Code Task force and advises the FDNY and NYC Dept of Buildings on Code revision and reform.

Jerome M. Hauer, one of the nations' best known names in emergency management and health and medical response is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauer Group. The Hauer Group provides consulting services in the areas of Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Public Health and Medical Planning, Training and Response to disasters and assists a variety of companies in achieving their strategic mission in these areas.

Joyce & Russell Mercer are the Mother & Stepfather of Firefighter Scott Kopytko, one of the 343 firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Scott worked at Engine 4 Ladder 15, located at the South Street Seaport, and had been with the FDNY for 3 years. On the morning of September 11th, Scott was returning from working a midnight shift at a firehouse in Chinatown. When he arrived back at Engine 4 Ladder 15, the trucks were leaving the firehouse. Scott took his place on the Ladder 15 truck and they proceeded to the World Trade Center.

Jim & Rita Riches: Jim Riches is a Deputy Chief in FDNY, with 30 years experience in the busiest firehouses in the city. DC Riches has a BA in History from Iona College. He served at WTC site in search and recovery from September 11, 2001 until the closing of site on May 30,2002. He recovered his son's body on March 25,2002 and along with his three firefighter sons Timmy, Danny and Thomas, carried his body, draped in an American flag, out of the pit. Chief Riches suffered respiratory failure and Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome in November 2005 as a result of the toxic air at Ground Zero. He was on a ventilator and in a coma for 18 days. Miraculously , Chief Riches recovered and is still active in the Fire Dept. but may be retired from the job due to his decreased lung capacity from 9/11. Rita Riches was a mother to four boys and fantastic housewife who raised 4 young boys to become the great young adults that they are today.

John Sferazo began digging through the debris at Ground Zero before sunrise on the morning of September 12, 2001. Mr. Sferazo, a structural iron worker and union member worked alongside members of the New York City Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Medical Services and other rescuers by removing crushed vehicles, and assisting in the effort to search for survivors of the disaster. For more than 30 days, Sferazo worked within the rubble of the former World Trade Center site to assist his fellow New Yorkers in the grim task of searching for survivors, bodies and other victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As a result of his exposure to the elements at Ground Zero, Mr. Sferazo's breathing and lung capacity had deteriorated. This medical condition was diagnosed and verified by experts at the Mount Sinai Center for Occupations and Environment Medicine. Because of his health impairments, which resulted due to his exposure at Ground Zero, Sferazo has been unable to work since August 2004.

Warren Stogner began his career in the 2-way radio business as a sales manager for Communications Engineering Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska. He also served as director of ASTEC Radio in Anchorage before joining GE Mobile Communications as a District Sales Manager. He transferred to New York City in 1985, where he served as a Major Account Manager and District Sales Manager in the New York metro area. Since 1996, he has been the Manager of Government Sales for Eastern Communications, where he is responsible for all government sales in the New York metro area.

Rosaleen & Eileen Tallon: Rosaleen's only brother, and Eileen's only son, FDNY firefighter Sean Patrick Tallon, died on September 11, 2001. Sean was a probationary firefighter at Ladder 10, the firehouse at the base of the World Trade Center. He was also a reserve member of the United States Marine Corp. Rosaleen & Eileen became active in talking about the events of 9/11 after reading an article in the Daily News in October of 2001 about the FDNY radios being defective. Sean Patrick Tallon, months before his death, told his family he had concerns about the radios.

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