It was a cold Sunday evening in February, during shift change down in the hole when I met Firemen Ralph and Mike Geidel. I asked them why they were not on dinner break. After all, the hole was empty and nothing was going on. They explained to me they were looking for their FDNY brother, Gary Geidel, who was taken on 9-11. Shift change was their preferred time to dig as it is quiet and more private. I understood where they were coming from. Ground Zero is hallowed ground and this quiet time allowed them to feel closer to their brother, pictured on Ralph's helmet.

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