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Major Evelyn Chavez’ 9-11 journal – entry #5

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>>>> This entry is about Major Chavez’ Monday evening, November 26 to Tuesday morning, November 27, 2001 shift <<<<

"We talked with two different guys — one NYPD and one FDNY - who had 3+ years of sobriety and have relapsed. The guilt is overwhelming for these guys.

Pat was also around. Very closed. I tried to engage him in some conversation but he didn’t want to talk. We sat outside and watched them knocking down building 5. He’s really not coping well.

I met Justus, a Franciscan priest. We talked for a while. It was refreshing to talk with him – comforting. He has a real gentle spirit about him. He had just finished doing last rites for the two fire fighters that were found tonight.

Their bodies where totally ash but they were able to identify who they were because of their helmets. They are finding a few more people now where they’re digging.

Two more nights. It’s hard to believe the time is nearly over. I know a piece of me will stay here."

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