Story from Richard Blatus

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Battalion Chief, New York City Fire Department (FDNY)

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was late for work as I took my 9-year-old daughter to the doctor…an event that probably saved my life because many of my friends and co-workers did not return to headquarters that day.”

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About. Since 9/11, we have heard amazing stories from CHDS alumni, students, faculty and staff about why they are motivated to serve and committed to protecting the country. The Homeland Security Audio Archive preserves these stories while inspiring the next generation of public safety leaders and serving as a reminder of the sacrifice and dedication that local, state, tribal and federal homeland security officials make on a daily basis.

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