These articles are in order of the date they were published: there are some that I have posted recently, but that are further down the page...


Rolling Stone

The Ironworkers"



Sept 24th issue

Ground Zero:
The bombing rippled out to touch all New Yorkers, who responded with bravery, generosity and a deep sense of community. How the cityıs longest day brought forth its finest hours By Jerry Adler


Weekly Standard Magazine

Article September 24, 2001/Vol 7, Number 2

South Toward Hell
The sad streets of New York
By Matt Labash


9.20.2001 00:05

Medical personnel from Rhode Island treating workers in the worst of it
Journal staff writer


Christian Science Monitor

Workers tackle 'the pile' of debris in lower Manhattan piece by piece
Copyright Christian Science Monitor Service
Special Report: America Under Attack
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NEW YORK (September 20, 2001 2:26 a.m. EDT) - For weary workers, it's simply called "the pile."


The dig
Searching for bodies in the rubble, a volunteer comes face to face with horror and death -- and discovers that there are still heroes in America.
Editor's note: The author originally sent this piece as an e-mail to friends and family.
By James Croak
Sept. 19, 2001 | I went back to the remains of the World Trade Center to dig for bodies



SEPTEMBER 18, 2001

By Ciro Scotti

A Walk on the Hellish Side
Grim as its images are, TV can't begin to capture the scene that is downtown New York, as workers claw through a wasteland


"Volunteers No Longer Needed" Heartbreaking to Some September 17, 2001



Uh, this is kind of a geeky reference from Marvel Comics:

September 17, 2001
In The Midst Of Terror: Heroes


Sent by Rachel (through an internet news agency from a press agency in France)
From: (AFP / Michel Moutot)
Subject: New York's ironworkers become heros in hell
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 14:00:15 PDT
Organization: Copyright 2001 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (AFP) - While public attention has largely focused on New York's firefighters, the city's ironworkers are also playing a vital role in the arduous rescue operation, cutting through the twisted girders that once held up the city's tallest buildings.

Members of a profession that has been building and dismembering skyscrapers for a century, they are at the front line of the search for the 5,000 people missing after two hijacked airlines slammed into the twin towers on September 11.

"There's so much steel in all these buildings, we can't remove it," said fireman Steve Tumulty, surveying the towering mountain of molten concrete, metal and glass.

"It's 110 storey buildings, so the number of beams is unbelievable."

Weary after a night in this apocalyptic wreckage, he explained: "We dig down until the steel is there and we can't dig down any further. Then the ironworkers come in and take over.

"They climb the steel, cut it off and pull it out with big cranes. After they take out the steel, we go in there and dig again... We recover bodies, whatever we can find... Without them, there's no way we can remove all those stuff, no way we can go on."

New York's metalworkers flooded to the site of the WTC within minutes of the tragedy last Tuesday. At any one time since then, there are four to five hundred working at the site round the clock.

Every morning teams sent by their powerful trade union come in to take over from exhausted colleagues.

On Monday it was the turn of John Carlisle and Jose Guzman to step stony-faced into the smoke with their huge monkey wrenches and hammers.

"We never had anything like this... Never on such a scale," said John. "Most of the collapses we've been to are woodframe buildings."

Perched on top of a mountain of concrete slabs, a mechanical digger tries in vain to lift a wall out of the way. A fireman waves the driver to stop and three ironworkers scale the wreckage dragging their blow torches and gas bottles behind them. A few seconds later they disappear beneath a shower of sparks.

By the end of the morning, scores of their colleagues were already queuing in front of the union table, all huge, tatooed and proud of belonging to the lineage which built New York, and of the key role they play today.

Photos of their fathers and grandfathers swinging above the void on girders that will become the Empire State Building hang in sitting rooms throughout the world.

For several days the New York authorities have been trying to dissuade hordes of volunteers descending on Lower Manhattan to help claw through the debris. But the ironworkers are the exception, welcomed with open arms as long as they belong to the union, which has made a deal with the rescue services.

"My father built those towers," sighs Scott Riccio from neighbouring New Jersey, grimly surveying the scene. "I'm happy he died without seeing that."



Rescue Operations Intensify: A Photo Essay
Photos and Text by Tom Sawyer


" Mohawk ironworkers see terrorist plane pass by:
St. Regis families nervously await word about loved ones"

Posted: September 13, 2001 - 18:30 est
by: Jim Adams / Indian Country Today


Engineering News-Record

"Industry Firms Pitch in for World Trade Cleanup While Others Account for Employees in Doomed Buildings (9/13/01)"
By Richard Korman and Debra Rubin and Gary Tulacz


New York Construction News - WTC Disaster Coverage (continued)

SPECIAL REPORT! (9/12/01 -- noon)

"Industry Rallies To Cleanup WTC Aftermath"
by David S. Chartock


Wednesday morning Democracy Now 14:20


The Sad Tale of the Iron Workers
The skilled unionists who put up the World Trade Center are the ones dismantling its rubble

or (I think it may be the same article)

The Kins have posted this:

MSNBC News Link: ** The Sad Tale of the Iron Workers **
The workers who built the WTC now take it down