. 9/11 Is Still Claiming Victims: ‘I Wake Up in Pain’ « JO LEE MAGAZINE

Vice- When the second plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Terence Opiola rushed downtown. He had no idea how long Ground Zero would stay with him.

Opiola was a U.S. Customs agent working out of World Trade Center Building Six. He happened to be out that day, but he was called in to help with search and rescue.

He spent the next days digging through the rubble of the Twin Towers looking for bodies. He ended up working more than 700 hours between Ground Zero and a Staten Island landfill where the buildings’ wreckage was transported.

His reward for that miserable work: Cancer, early retirement, constant pain and exhaustion.

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