ight firefighters caked with ash walked slowly toward him from out of the haze on their way to the morgue.
They carried a body bag in a wicker stretcher.
"You could tell by their faces that it was a comrade."
This is the closest Tony Forgione got to an actual victim of the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, even though the Braintree nurse was part of an emergency medical unit stationed on the periphery of Ground Zero for 10 days after the national catastrophe.
The unit treated from 600 to 1,200 patients a day, but not a single victim.
Their patients were firefighters, police officers, EMTs, construction workers, and clerics.
Their injuries were cuts, bruises, blisters, broken bones, eye irritation, and respiratory problems.
"There were no victims to treat after the Twin Towers collapsed," Forgione said solemnly. "That was the hardest part for the nurses. No victims to treat."
Like the rest of the country, Sept. 11, 2001 began as an ordinary day for Forgione. He was at work in the operating room of Mass General Hospital, assisting in day surgery.
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