He continues to say he rushed to the wreckage of the twin towers after the Sept. 11 attacks to help. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the heroic work of the rescue crews.
The fund is reducing awards as it faces a surge in claims before the fund's 2020 expiration date.
Joe Dittmar was in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. In a StoryCorps interview last year, he vividly recounts what he saw that morning — and how he got home to his family.
Demolition supervisor John Feal was working at ground zero 16 years ago when an 8,000-pound piece of steel crushed his foot. After being denied medical compensation, he became an advocate for others.
Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the remains of 40 percent of the World Trade Center victims have not been identified. Their families have been waiting for advances in DNA technology.
In 2001, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston interviewed two men who had been hauling away what was left of the World Trade Center towers. Fifteen years later, she went back to find them.
First responder John Feal created a memorial for other Sept. 11 responders who died not on the day, but of health issues related to working at Ground Zero.
When disaster struck in 2001, New York City hadn't had a comprehensive city planning vision in decades. An exceptional flurry of urban strategizing — beyond ground zero — ensued.
How have developers balanced respect for Ground Zero's history with taking advantage of some of the most valuable property in the world?