Port Authority Police Officer digs. I
remember one morning in February.
I was so tired. I hadn't left the hole in
13 hours. You kind of have to stay as you
never know what each minute may bring.
But I was done - exhausted. A Chief I knew
was near me, digging. I asked if it would be
okay if I helped. He said "Grab a rake & start.
There's no method, Gary. Just find a spot &
dig." And that's what I did. I was so honored that
he would let me dig alongside him. No computers.
No technical training. No maps. This was as simple
and basic as things get. Pick a spot, dig & hope. And
it was very scary as you would imagine. But I felt so
good to be able to have a chance to help in a different
way than I had been accustomed to. And it was that
morning, when I was on my knees digging, not
knowing what I would find, that everything just
seemed to come together for me. Now, I really knew
what Ground Zero was about. Doing this gave me
an even deeper understanding and respect for
all the men I had been shooting all those months.