This is one in a series of essays that will run throughout the week in which readers reflect on the events of 9/11 and how that day changed their lives. Today's essay is written by the Rev. Diane Carter, of Weston.
Like many people, my life was forever changed 10 years ago on Sept. 11. I was the captain of the Hook & Ladder Company of the Pleasantville, N.Y., Volunteer Fire Department, and I was called upon to serve in several capacities following the events of that day; first with my truck, Tower Ladder 5, covering for Truck 49 in the Bronx; then out in Queens at FDNY's Tech Services, and finally downtown at the World Trade Center site, working with FDNY. Later, I also worked with AmeriCares out at the Freshkills Landfill in Staten Island, building structures used in the continuing recovery efforts.