In this episode of the Medical Author Chat Podcast I talk with Dr. Benjamin Luft about the book, Were Not Leaving: 9/11 Responders Tell Their Stories of Courage, Sacrifice and Renewal.(Amazon Affiliate Link)
The book is a compilation of oral histories from 9/11 responders collected through the World Trade Center health program of Long Island. Dr. Luft discusses the creation and purpose of the program to care for the medical, mental, and social health needs of 6,000 9/11 first responders. We discussed his early understanding that responders were at risk and then over time that they were being defined by their medical problems and not their heroic actions on 9/11 and the following weeks and months of searching for survivors.
The book is from interviews that have already been conducted with more than 150 responders. Each interview is the own words or voice of the responder. The 911RespondersRemember.org project aims to collect 911 oral histories from responders in every congressional district. To find out more or be considered call Sonia at 631-855-1200.
Visit 911RespondersRemember.org where you will find links to the book, movie, and community discussed in this episode. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a scholarship fund for the children of responders.