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What happened to the 150 Hatzalah volunteers at WTC?

Standing at the foot of the World Trade Center Towers were 150 Hatzoloh  volunteers, dedicated religious  Jews ready to give assistance in any emergency  situation.      They   had  speedily responded to the call on their beepers  and driven in with their ambulances from twelve different surrounding counties.    Before the first tower collapsed, they were pelted with falling debris of concrete  from  the  90th   floor  and  up.    In  horror they   helplessly  watched   many   people   jumping out  of the  windows  (from  the 90th  floor  and  up) some of them holding hands in their fall, and crashing  to the ground.

Then there was this horrific,  deafening, terrifying sound, a tremendous long lasting roar, getting louder and louder and the gigantic mammoth structure    of   the   South   Tower   came   crashing down to the ground, disintegrating with the explosion of tens of thousands of walls, windows, and  steel  I  beams   weighing   tons.    The  ground shook   beneath   their   feet  as  in  an  earthquake. They  found  themselves engulfed  in windblasts of concrete  and pulverized dust.  Choking,  coughing and gasping  for air, they were soon half buried  in

that dust.  Twenty minutes later another roaring sound   split   the   atmosphere,   again   the   earth shook and trembled as the gigantic North Tower collapsed, and again the volunteers sought to survive  through  that  unspeakable  chaos  of exploding materials.

Yet,  all  this  didn’t  prevent   the  volunteers  from taking   action.   As   soon   as   they   were   able   to breathe  again  and  emerge  from  beneath  the debris,  they went to assist and give first aid to the thousands of screaming and crying bewildered people  who  had  somehow escaped  from  the Towers before they had collapsed.  They kept on assisting  with  first  aid  and  loving  care  until  the last person was safe or able to climb into an ambulance or  into  the  ferryboats that  had  been sent from across the Hudson  River.

One most extraordinary thing: At the end of this time  of  chaotic  destruction,  after  the  last bewildered and traumatized victim had been attended  to and sent to a hospital  or taken home, the Hatzalah  volunteers searched  for each other. They  were  fearing  their  companions  were missing,   buried   somewhere  under   those   huge piles of dust and debris  that looked  like a nuclear bomb   had   struck.      To   their   amazement  they found at the end that none of them were missing! Some  had  slight  injuries  but  every  one  of  them had experienced the miracle  of being protected in

some way or another throughout this horrific nightmare!

These   were  men  of  committed,  selfless   service and  prayer.     They  had  been  praying   all  along, ever    since    they    heard    the    warning    signals received  on their  emergency beeper  calling  them to action.

A moving and edifying book was subsequently published about these volunteers called:   ‘Even in the Darkest  Moments’ by Zeév Breier.

From the book: Masters and Miracles – By Liliane Ritchie


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