Remembering 9/11: Annual Forum Allows Survivors To Share Stories

Peter Haskell
September 10, 2019 - 7:09 pm
Mary Fetchet

Peter Haskell/WCBS 880


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks right around the corner, raw emotions are being stirred up for those directly impacted by the tragedy.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell learned today, 9/11 still brings up a flood of memories for William Gleason, who was an EMS lieutenant for the FDNY when the towers were hit.

“There was body parts all over the place that were still being recovered,” he remembered. “It was quiet. The smoke that was coming off 7 World Trade Center was very thick and heavy.”

The air he breathed in that day would eventually result in a lung disease, as it unfortunately has for so many first responders.

Gleason recalled his memories at an annual forum held in lower Manhattan, hosted by Mary Fetchet, who lost her 24-year-old son Brad on 9/11.  

“When somebody is living, you're with them when you're with them. I feel that brad is with me every day. He's part of me,” she said.

She tells WCBS 880’s Haskell that the grieving process never truly ends, which is why she founded VOICES of September 11th.

The foundation holds an annual forum for 9/11 victim’s families and survivors of the day.

Charles Wolf turned out this year in honor of his wife, Katherine.

He says that the memory of the tragedy stays with him and he doesn’t need to look at a calendar to know when the anniversary is coming because he can feel it in his bones.