Particular Agent Scott McDonough was serving to scientists monitor an enormous landfill to make sure heavy particles wouldn’t trigger a catastrophic collapse. That meant taking photographs of it from the sky in an FBI helicopter.
For simply over three weeks after the terrorist assaults of September 11, 2001, McDonough, then an FBI pilot, flew a helicopter over the Recent Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, in addition to over the World Commerce Middle rubble in Manhattan. He saved the helicopter door open to take these photographs, choking down contaminated air that made his throat burn.
Crews despatched items of the buildings and different heavy particles on barges down the Hudson River to Recent Kills, a landfill in regards to the dimension of 1,500 soccer fields. There, different FBI personnel processed the big and sophisticated items of proof.
“One of many large issues is we have been placing heavy fill—concrete, cement, steel from these buildings, right into a landfill that was made for normal rubbish,” McDonough stated. “We did a number of photograph flights a day making an attempt to assist the scientists forestall an environmental disaster.”
Almost 16 years later, in August 2017, McDonough was recognized with most cancers. He’s considered one of greater than 100 FBI personnel who’ve gotten sick on account of their response to 9/11. (There could also be extra, however informing the FBI of an sickness is voluntary.) Seventeen FBI personnel have died on account of these diseases.