More Sept. 11 emergency calls released
By AMY WESTFELDT
The Associated Press
NEW YORK The tapes of 19 emergency calls from Sept. 11 including one from an office safety director were released Friday as part of a lawsuit filed by The New York Times and some victims' families.
The latest calls were to police operators and some later transferred to the Fire Department.
In recent years, the city has released hours of emergency calls that were made amid the chaos of the terrorist attacks. In March, officials issued transcripts of 130 calls from people trapped in the towers, including only the voices of operators and other public employees.
In August, more than 1,600 previously undisclosed emergency calls were released. And a year earlier, thousands of pages of emergency workers' oral histories and radio transmissions were made public.
A call made by Larry Boisseau, fire safety director for OCS Security, was the only victim identified on the calls released Friday because he was on the job. The rest only played the operator's side of the conversation.
"EMS is not picking up," the operator told Boisseau, 36, of Freehold, N.J.
"OK," Boisseau said, exasperated. "Maybe you can keep trying. ... I kind of got to get going. This is my job. Fire safety."
The call was less than three minutes long.
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