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“They’re all right here … gone. Every one of them pulverized into dust. When those towers came crashing down, it was like they were all caught in a giant food processor.” On September 11 2001 the world stopped. An attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York on a serene September morning changed the course of world history. The final death toll from the “They’re all right here … gone. Every one of them pulverized into dust. When those towers came crashing down, it was like they were all caught in a giant food processor.” On September 11 2001 the world stopped. An attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York on a serene September morning changed the course of world history. The final death toll from the iconic twin towers reached 2,606. Thousands were never found, as retired New York police officer Tony Zeoli’s harrowing eye-witness account, about the search-and-recovery effort, so graphically records. Tony was a founding member of a group of retired police officers who became known as Recovery Team Romeo - a dozen men who spent nearly nine months searching for bodies at Ground Zero and refusing to be paid for it. These men instantly came out of retirement, made their different ways to the site and worked as an independent recovery team. They have become a Police Department legend. But such personal sacrifice – such heroism – exacted a terrible price on these individuals whose lives could never be the same after they passed through the ‘gates of hell’ and descended into that awful pit to recover the dead. Rising From The Ashes is a powerful and compelling account of the aftermath of 9/11. Praise for Tony Zeoli "The Night-Comer is a winner. Written by a man who lived in the world of treachery, violence and fanaticism...A must read in today's world." – Renee Valente, award winning Executive Producer "Taken from the pages of what's happening today and what's happening tomorrow. This is a red alert from a cop who has lived with the danger." – Sonny Grosso, Producer of The French Connection Tony Zeoli is a retired Lieutenant with the New York Port Authority Police Department (PAPD). After the 9/11 Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, Tony spend over eight months as part of the PAPD Emergency Services Operations Team searching Ground Zero for remains of those who died in the attack. He is also a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Tony has also written police fiction books, including 625 8th Avenue, the address of the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, The Night Comer and The Twelve Disciples: City of Fear.


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“They’re all right here … gone. Every one of them pulverized into dust. When those towers came crashing down, it was like they were all caught in a giant food processor.” On September 11 2001 the world stopped. An attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York on a serene September morning changed the course of world history. The final death toll from the “They’re all right here … gone. Every one of them pulverized into dust. When those towers came crashing down, it was like they were all caught in a giant food processor.” On September 11 2001 the world stopped. An attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York on a serene September morning changed the course of world history. The final death toll from the iconic twin towers reached 2,606. Thousands were never found, as retired New York police officer Tony Zeoli’s harrowing eye-witness account, about the search-and-recovery effort, so graphically records. Tony was a founding member of a group of retired police officers who became known as Recovery Team Romeo - a dozen men who spent nearly nine months searching for bodies at Ground Zero and refusing to be paid for it. These men instantly came out of retirement, made their different ways to the site and worked as an independent recovery team. They have become a Police Department legend. But such personal sacrifice – such heroism – exacted a terrible price on these individuals whose lives could never be the same after they passed through the ‘gates of hell’ and descended into that awful pit to recover the dead. Rising From The Ashes is a powerful and compelling account of the aftermath of 9/11. Praise for Tony Zeoli "The Night-Comer is a winner. Written by a man who lived in the world of treachery, violence and fanaticism...A must read in today's world." – Renee Valente, award winning Executive Producer "Taken from the pages of what's happening today and what's happening tomorrow. This is a red alert from a cop who has lived with the danger." – Sonny Grosso, Producer of The French Connection Tony Zeoli is a retired Lieutenant with the New York Port Authority Police Department (PAPD). After the 9/11 Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, Tony spend over eight months as part of the PAPD Emergency Services Operations Team searching Ground Zero for remains of those who died in the attack. He is also a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Tony has also written police fiction books, including 625 8th Avenue, the address of the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, The Night Comer and The Twelve Disciples: City of Fear.

30 review for Rising From The Ashes: The True Story of 9/11 and Recovery Team Romeo

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Parcell

    What a powerful book about the twelve members of the PAPD and what they endured at Ground Zero and the lack of respect and recognition they received in the years after. It ends tragically for some including the author and his family and all the men struggle with ill health from all the toxic substances they breathed. A short yet fascinating insight into the aftermath of the terrorist attack.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rev. W. Roger Stauffer

    Thank you for your devoted service! Appreciated the cantor and honest sharing of serving over nine months in hell. After serving only 10 days, Sept 14 - 23, 2001, I appreciated the perspectives of Team Romeo, and their continuing battles as a result of their service. Thank you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Thank you Netgalley, Tony Zeoli and Endeavour for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm not a huge fan of 9/11 books. Many of them seem to cash in on tragedy and be told by people with no experience of what happened that day or even the aftermath. Too many seem to get wrapped up in the conspiracy theories and politics of the day. But this appealed to me as it was about and told by someone who had seen and experienced the events after that awful day. It isn't really about the actu Thank you Netgalley, Tony Zeoli and Endeavour for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm not a huge fan of 9/11 books. Many of them seem to cash in on tragedy and be told by people with no experience of what happened that day or even the aftermath. Too many seem to get wrapped up in the conspiracy theories and politics of the day. But this appealed to me as it was about and told by someone who had seen and experienced the events after that awful day. It isn't really about the actual day itself, more about the people that were left behind to try and pick up the pieces. Recovery Team Romeo were a team of volunteers that carried on looking for the missing when the official authorities had all but given up. Without these few men there would have been a hell of a lot of people that were not returned to their families, to offer some sort of closure. Tony Zeoli was one of that team and he tells the story without sensationalism and it seems to me very honestly. There are moments when I thought to myself 'actually he's been a bit a ass here' in his impatience with younger police officers. He's a man with years of experience dealing with probably the worst moment in American history and struggling, but doesn't seem to see that younger officers would find this hard to deal with and would react differently, probably by falling back on their training and doing things by the book. But at the same time I could feel the frustration and understand it and appreciated the honesty of the story. So obviously if you're after a cheerful read this is not for you. But if you're after an honest and poignant account of some of the heroe of that day, and the months and years that followed and how they were affected then I suggest you read this. Be warned though that this book had the power to both make me cry and enrage me at different levels. I would highly recommend this for lovers of living histories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa-Jaine

    For a book that deals with one of the most horrific terrorist attacks documented in history, this was incredibly uplifting. The true story of how Tony Zeoli formed a team with other retired Policemen who proceeded to give up their own time for nine months to assist daily with the rescue and recovery of victims claimed on 9/11. How they faced the gates of hell and saw horrors no man should ever have to see as they combed the 16 acre site for human remains so that families could lay their brothers For a book that deals with one of the most horrific terrorist attacks documented in history, this was incredibly uplifting. The true story of how Tony Zeoli formed a team with other retired Policemen who proceeded to give up their own time for nine months to assist daily with the rescue and recovery of victims claimed on 9/11. How they faced the gates of hell and saw horrors no man should ever have to see as they combed the 16 acre site for human remains so that families could lay their brothers / sisters / mothers and sons to rest peacefully. A statistically high number of the rescue workers from 9/11 now suffer with respiratory and chest complaints, bronchial, COPD, Emphysema and sinus problems as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome after being exposed to carcinogenic and toxic fumes. The suicide rates are high and we must take a look at the bigger picture and realise that 9/11 has reached out and affected so many lives years after the event. We owe thanks to the brave men and women of that day and even then that is not nearly enough.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan Ashlee

    All I can say is 9/11 was a day I'll never forget. Being a child who grew up in the post 9/11 era it's been hard to see so many of my friends and love ones go off to a war that started when we were in middle school. I'm proud of all the people who we lost on 9/11 & who stepped up to pick up the pieces of the WTC Those men and women are now dying because they are heroes. It's just a sad reality All I can say is 9/11 was a day I'll never forget. Being a child who grew up in the post 9/11 era it's been hard to see so many of my friends and love ones go off to a war that started when we were in middle school. I'm proud of all the people who we lost on 9/11 & who stepped up to pick up the pieces of the WTC Those men and women are now dying because they are heroes. It's just a sad reality

  6. 5 out of 5

    Flora JoAnn Wilson

    Unsung Heroes I had no idea who actually sifted through the enormous wreckage at Ground Zero, and to find they're unpaid volunteers who continue to have problems from the tremendous task fills me with both pride and sorrow. What we as a nation endured as the horrors of that day unfolded are indelibly etched in our minds forever. I just wanted to say my thanks and eternal gratitude for those selfless workers. May their bodies heal, their minds rest, and their place in history b not forgotten. A de Unsung Heroes I had no idea who actually sifted through the enormous wreckage at Ground Zero, and to find they're unpaid volunteers who continue to have problems from the tremendous task fills me with both pride and sorrow. What we as a nation endured as the horrors of that day unfolded are indelibly etched in our minds forever. I just wanted to say my thanks and eternal gratitude for those selfless workers. May their bodies heal, their minds rest, and their place in history b not forgotten. A debt of gratitude is all I can personally offer. As an u paid volunteer for several charities in my lifetime, I appreciate the dedication. Thank you all and bless you all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    gnarlyhiker

    Hats off to Recovery Team Romeo, a group of NYPD retired officers, who volunteered their time in the recovery efforts of 9/11 victims. **ARC/publisher/NetGalley

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