Miami police lend a helping hand
9/11/01 dawned like any other day for me. I was a supervisor assigned to the Homicide unit of the Miami Police Department and was watching the morning news with my crew like any other day. Our attention was attracted to the horrific events that were displayed on the TV, not believing that this could happen in the US.
As the day went on, we decided to put together a relief and rescue detail in conjunction with our union, Miami FOP No. 20. Twenty-six of us were included and were basically told to go home and pack for an indeterminate amount of time. Among the personal things that I had to take care of was to explain to my fifth grade son why his daddy was going to a place where so many people had died.
At 9 p.m. that night we departed the Miami Police Dept. and drove all night and the next day reaching New York late that afternoon. I will never forget the sight of Manhattan and the smoke on our drive in.
For the next days, we assisted our brothers and sisters in the New York Police Department with various tasks in the lower Manhattan area, including Ground Zero. I am retired now and look back on this as a highlight of my 30-year career.