Anthea Appel is a twenty-year
veteran of the New York City Police Department who retired in 2002, and continues to live in New York City. Anthea Appel is
the author of The First Responders: The Untold Story of the New York City Police Department & Sept 11, 2001.
According to the book description of The First Responders: The Untold
Story of the New York City Police Department & Sept 11, 2001, “On the morning of September 11th, 2001,
two hijacked jetliners crashed into the Twin Towers. Within minutes of the attack, 36 Emergency Service Unit cops of the NYPD
responded to the scene. They divided into six Teams. The first five Teams entered the Towers, and the sixth Team headed for
the helicopters to attempt a daring air rescue. 14 of them would not survive.
For the first time, here are the details of what the Emergency Service Unit teams
did and saw as they climbed the burning Towers. Burden down with heavy equipment they searched for terrorist "sleepers,"
and survivors. Then the first Tower collapsed. Fearing that a second collapse was imminent, the firefighters and the police
were ordered to evacuate. Now, the countdown began. In the harrowing final minutes, the police teams encountered everything
from the absurd---including, the arrest of a mysterious man in the North Tower---to terrifying close calls. As the second
Tower fell, tensions flared, bonds are formed, friends are lost, and tough and street-wise cops learn the true meaning of
duty and heroism.
In this book, other stories from the
NYPD include the rescue of two Port Authority cops, P.O. Will Jimeno and Sgt. John McLoughlin, who were buried under the collapse
of the South Tower; the first flag raising, and the nine-month search and rescue---and then recovery---at Ground Zero. These
important and powerful stories have never been told ... until now.”
From the History of
the New York Police Department
“On February 12, 1837, an excited mob of four or five thousand persons
assembled in the City Hall Park to be harangued by speakers, who were to inquire into the cause of the prevailing distress,
the high price of flour, " and to devise a suitable remedy" for these evils. One of the speakers said: "Mr.
Ely Hart has fifty-three thousand barrels of flour in his store; let us go and offer him eight dollars a barrel for it, and
if he will not take it"--here the speaker stopped abruptly and significantly. The mob took the hint, and very soon Mr.
Hart's store, in Washington Street, near Dey Street, was broken into, and his flour and grain thrown into the street.
Other flour stores were only saved from like treatment by the interference of the Police. Forty of the mob were arrested;
but only a few were convicted.
The following places were designated
as watch-houses on May 30 of the following year: The upper part of Franklin market in the First Ward, for the First District;
The building occupied as a watch-house in Eldridge Street for the Second District; The building occupied as a watch-house
at the corner of Wooster and Prince; Streets for the Third District; The upper part of Jefferson Market for the Fourth District;
The upper part of Union Market for the Fifth District; The northeast corner of the basement story of the Halls of Justice,
or such part; thereof as might be assigned by the special joint committee on buildings, for the Sixth District.”
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