Emergency Responders React

By Haley Burton

May 2, 2011 Updated May 2, 2011 at 10:46 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Local emergency responders spent time at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Action News sat down with some of those deployed and has their reaction.

"When I arrived in ground zero, these posters that were all over, they were on buildings, poles, trucks. Osama Bin Laden wanted dead or alive," said Ray Serowik, Broome County EMS Coordinator.

Serowick says those posters of Bin Laden he saw are among his most vivid memories of his time in Ground Zero just 10 days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"The fact that he has paid for the price for that is somewhat gratifying. It doesn't undo the tragedy of Sept. 11. It doesn't bring back any of the people who died that day or died as a result of it," said Serowik.

Serowik lead the ambulance strike team from Broome County that was sent in relief to Ground Zero. 54 people and 10 ambulances went.

"The pictures and stories really didn't do it any justice. The ability to look down the street and see nothing but rubble higher than some of the buildings in the city is forever in my heart," said Mark Forrest, Director of Operations for Superior Ambulance.

Superior Ambulance sent 2 rigs for a 24 hour shift.

Forrest was in one of the 4 person crews.

"All good things take time and in hopes that good news such as this will put those that were directly affected by this tragic day a little bit at ease," said Forrest.

Six Binghamton firefighters also geared up as a part of the team.

"With the announcement that we finally got Bin Laden, it brings some closure. There was 343 New York City firefighters that died that day in the most massive rescue operation in history. They saved 25,000 people that day," said Steve Faughnan, Assistant Fire Chief for Binghamton.

September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten by those who responded in wake of terror and tragedy.