Remembering 9/11 Through the Work of an Einstein First Responder
Twenty years ago, in the infancy of a new century, a day of infamy and terror occurred on our soil, in our beloved city of New York. The image of the two planes that crashed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 individuals, is etched in our minds as we fulfill our promise to never forget the terrible events of that day.
Watch Lifeline: A Doctor's Commitment to 9/11 First Responders to learn how Dr. Prezant's work has made a difference for firefighters like Terrence Jordan and Alfredo Fuentes.
In remembering we also can recall the good that took place; more than 25,000 lives were saved that day thanks to the bravery and commitment of our first responders. Among those individuals was David Prezant, M.D., class of '81 and a Bronx native, who was at Ground Zero. As deputy chief medical officer for the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), Dr. Prezant headed downtown as soon as he heard about the attack. He was helping triage and treat the injured among our firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police officers, and civilians when the South Tower fell.
You can learn about Dr. Prezant's harrowing escape on September 11, and the work he has done since then—treating and chronicling the health effects of the exposure to World Trade Center dust on members of the FDNY; establishing a life-affirming healthcare program for first responders; and helping to win them lifelong federal support for their care--by reading our latest issue of Einstein magazine or by viewing Lifeline: A Doctor's Commitment to 9/11 First Responders, a special video recalling that ominous day 20 years ago and the courageous work of our first responders.
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Posted on: Friday, September 10, 2021