NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Most people remember exactly where they were when the twin towers came crumbling down. For one Western New Yorker, he remembers rushing to the scene to help. News 4 met up with him at Ground Zero in New York City on the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center terror attacks.
Chris Kreiger with Western New York Heroes remembers being rushed down to ground zero 15 years ago Sunday. He says it was never a question of whether he would risk his own life to help others. He tells News 4 it’s just what you do when you’re from the city of good neighbors.
Kreiger said, “I remember a lot of us standing down here in complete awe.”
Kreigers and 180 others from the military police unit were at ground zero by midnight on September 11th. Whether it was personal security, working with FEMA or with the medical team, for Kreiger, certain images just dont go away all these years later
He said, “I remember at one point, on a slab of marble in orange writing, it said, “morgue.” And it had an arrow and they were storing the bodies in tractor trailers. Kreiger was working at ground zero through December 1st that year.
It’s something he says he would do all over again. Whether it’s inked on his arm, or something you just see on his face, 9/11 will be a part of him.”
Kreiger said, “I guess everytime you come back, you think it’s going to be easier and it’s really not. It’s that whole emotional connection to it.”
For the first time on this anniversary, he saw the twin tower lights hit the sky. For Kreiger, It’s a reminder of thousands who died here. He said, “Nobody should be forgotten, and it should all be remembered.”