Face of Courage
Face of Courage
Rise from the Rubble
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Both brothers dreamed of being N.Y.C Firefighters, but when one brother wrote his own destiny, their worlds would collide at the same place, at different times on the morning of September 11th, 2001. Both brothers feverishly raced to the World Trade Center, one brother age 22, was with the New York City fire department, and one brother age 24, with the New York City police department, the catastrophe would leave one brother searching for answers to many questions, and living the better part of the last decade with enormous guilt. Inspirational from many aspects, it will raise the spirits of anyone who clutches non fictional work. Strap yourself in; hold on tight, this is a true life story of two young men who exhibit tremendous courage while facing the terrors that lie right in front of their eyes. “I had to go back to the site, and search for a part of my soul that was buried under the rubble, it was gone long enough, I want my life back." "In every disaster, there are stories of hope, and heroism, good things come out of negativity, you just have to find them, no matter how long it takes."
Driven, committed, anxious, angry, frustrated, controlling, guilty, traumatized, haunted by flashbacks: my life is out of control. This new lifestyle of mine has drained my soul, altered the person I was over the last two and a half decades. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Since the fall of 2001, I have not slept through the night, relentlessly haunted by thoughts of the biggest tragedy this country has ever witnessed. Tossing and turning, cold sweats, and insomnia have become a nightly ritual because of an event that was beyond my control. Visions of the dead, burning rescue vehicles colossal in size, fire trucks with a gross vehicle weight of over 35,000 pounds, crushed like a soda can that has been compacted by a stomping foot. Remnants of bodies scattered as if discarded by a person who has carelessly littered the streets with trash. Human beings pushed to the point of making a choice: get burned by fire, suffocate by thick black smoke, or plunge over 1000 feet to their death. Massive fires began to consume surrounding buildings room by room, floor by floor. These buildings, which once stood one hundred stories tall, were reduced to sixty-foot high piles of rubble and debris. They no longer served the purpose of conducting business or as a symbol of greatness of the city, but as a crushing tomb that claimed the lives of thousands. A tremendous feeling of helplessness started to overcome my body. I started to experience tunnel vision, everything around me was moving in slow motion. Voices were muffled, not understandable to me. How can this be happening? Where is Michael? Has anyone seen Engine 28 Ladder 11? My life at this moment, that very day, collapsed with the same crippling force as did those buildings. Every breath I took that morning after 0950 hours was thick. It felt like millions of razor blades were entering my lungs, tearing them from the inside out, burning as if they were on fire. Foreign substances have been inhaled; what will the aftereffects be? I don’t have a mask; I don’t care right now. I wanted to help people, and I wanted to find Michael. I distinctly remember scanning the area around the wreckage, searching for someone, something, that needed immediate attention. But all I remember is being plagued by the sound of hundreds of firefighters’ pass alarms, roaring with distress signals. Pass alarms are emergency sound devices that are strapped to a firefighter’s air supply. They go off if a firefighter manually triggers them or if they remain motionless for more than one minute. Some were muffled by the wreckage that trapped these men. I remember thinking that these alarms signified a trapped or dead rescue worker, hundreds of them Who is going to save them?
Joseph Michael Cammarata was born in New York City in July of 1977. Son of Joseph and Linda Cammarata, he was raised with his siblings Kimberly and Michael in a home that instilled strong family and ethical values in him. Joseph always dreamed of being a New York City firefighter alongside his brother Michael, but when the New York City Police Department called him to duty first, he took the job, he wanted to be at the service of the community in whatever way possible. After the events of 9-11, Joseph went to the fire department, after Michaels untimely death as a rookie firefighter, despite resistance from his family. After retiring from the fire department in 2006, Joseph expanded his family’s real estate development firm. While Vice president of operations, Joseph returned to his studies in 2007 at St John's University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Joseph is also a devoted husband to Stephanie, and a loving father of Francesca Lynn. He is aggressively pursuing a Law degree, with hopes of utilizing it to serve the public once again.

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