Twenty years later, Dr. David Lamont explains it vividly as if it happened yesterday.
A graduate of Bath High School was 27 years old and worked in New York City on September 11, 2001. About one-third of his residency program worked that morning at an orthopedic clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
After the second plane crashed into the World Trade Center Tower, his program director summoned him to help the injured at Brooklyn Hospital. His bus didn’t get there because of the heavy traffic. He tried the subway, but it also stopped and told the passengers to get off and find another way to get there for safety. When he came out of the subway, he saw where the tower should be.
“I found one tower already collapsed and the second tower burning,” Lamont said. “People stopped doing whatever they were doing and watched the second tower burn.”
Eventually, it changed from fire surveillance to Lamont catastrophe surveillance, which is now working as a doctor in the emergency room in Cincinnati.
“After that, the building just collapsed. If I had seen the video, it was as if it was there, and it started to collapse straight,” he said. “It wasn’t like it collapsed, it was like it collapsed. Smoke and debris, and everything swirled down the street.”
At that time, he had a hard time receiving the injured’s confusion and cell signals as the car alerted from the explosion, and he had to help Lima’s parents Bill and Karen Lamont know he was okay. I realized I had to.
“Many walking injuries may say they were really dirty with cuts, bleeding, screaming and crying from different places,” he said. “So my instinct as a doctor was to go to the place where the building collapsed to see if I could help someone.”
Eventually, he jumped into an ambulance as he tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
“I came back to the hospital with them, and when I got there it was empty. There were no patients there. Anyone who wasn’t like a fatal illness I didn’t go to the hospital. Unfortunately, all of us later realized that there weren’t really many survivors. “
At that time, Lamont’s mission on September 11 changed. Instead of helping people get hurt by the collapse of the Twin Towers, he helped those who were hurt in an attempt to save them.
“People rescued people and were injured trying to walk in the rubble, so we took care of many first responders: shrapnel, metal, sharp broken glass, and more. It was like all the huge mountains. “
That mission continued the next day. Apart from the shift at the orthopedic clinic, he coordinated with firefighters and other first responders to help set up a temporary clinic at the Burger King restaurant near the World Trade Center.
“I was taken care of by a firefighter with cuts and debris in his eyes. He was flushing the eyes of many people. Respiratory therapy for people with reactive airway diseases such as asthma and emphysema. I do. I even took care of some dogs, first responder type dogs looking for survivors. “
It was also temporary. The structure was considered unsafe, so they moved down the clinic to another building and installed it in a bank.
“All the firefighters we were able to get together formed a big line to move all the supplies,” he said. “They line up and supplies are passed one after another.”
This experience only confirmed that Lamont already knew he wanted to be a doctor in the emergency room. Over the next 20 years, he has been reminded many times about the fragility of life.
“I appreciate every moment you need to enjoy every day you have,” he said. “Some of them are generally emergency doctors, because seeing so many people bring something, they have cancer, or they need surgery, etc. Because we have to tell the terrible news. “
He also noticed the difference in America after the attack.
“I never expected this terrible thing to happen. On September 11th, you realized it was possible,” he said. “I needed a little idea that we were safe and that we really needed to be aware of our surroundings whenever and wherever we went. I feel more alert.”
David Trinco: Bath doctor went to danger in 9/11
Source link David Trinco: Bath doctor went to danger in 9/11