Connie Joyce says she’ll never forget walking through the wreckage at Ground Zero.
“It was still so messed up at that time,” Joyce remembers. “Fires and just the turmoil.”
The images remain in her memory.
During the months spent at Ground Zero, Joyce developed life-threatening lung problems after breathing the toxic air.
“I kept questioning the air quality because I was putting a lot of people in the buildings surrounding Ground Zero,” Joyce said. “September, October, November, December, and I got sick in January. I would have never thought that it would be air quality that would take me down.”
But despite living day to day with the health issues, she says she never once thought that it wasn’t worth it.
And she’s happy to be alive.
“It’s like my sister told me this morning, she said you’ve got so much to feel good about and I do. I am so blessed because I am here, I do have five beautiful grand-children that I get to spend time with. I have my two daughters, have my dad, have my sister, her kids. I am blessed.”
It’s because of her loved ones that she doesn’t want any generation to forget the tragedies of 9/11 and how the country united as one.
“Sometimes I think that the problems that police have today is so sad because the days following 9/11, this country came together it didn’t matter what color you were.”
“Everybody loved everybody right then. They came together.”