RANSON, W.Va. -- Frank McCluskey on Thursday clued in about 125 people on what it was like to be a firefighter in New York City the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
McCluskey, provost and executive vice president of American Public University in Charles Town, was a volunteer fire chief in suburban New York who responded to the World Trade Center.
At a 9/11 remembrance at Independent Fire Co. along Fairfax Boulevard, McCluskey recalled how emergency radio frequencies were jammed and how cell phone networks were overwhelmed.
After both planes hit the towers, there were rumors of more incoming planes and poisonous gas, McCluskey said.
McCluskey recalled how one firefighter broke 14 bones, never to return to work again, and how one fire captain pulled a ladder truck up to the scene and looked into the deep blue sky.