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Updated: 1:10 PM Sep 11, 2011
Two Valley Men Aid 9/11 Rescue Mission in NYC
Harrisonburg, VA
A former Harrisonburg Police Department officer and chaplain traveled to New York City days after Sept. 11, 2001, to help search for bodies and comfort those who lost loved ones.
Posted: 1:10 PM Sep 11, 2011
Reporter: Holly Suthers
Email Address: holly.suthers@whsv.com
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Jim Cook, left, police canine Wilco, and Chris Showalter, left.

  • Jim Cook, left, police canine Wilco, and Chris Showalter, left.

  • The damage from the Twin Towers covered more than 17 acres in New York City.

  • Jim Cook, left, sits with another rescue worker. All workers and volunteers were supposed to wear masks around the damage because of the chemicals and dust.

  • Chris and Wilco on scene.

  • Chris in front of a damaged FDNY fire truck.

  • Rescue workers and search canines were treated for medical problems at the end of each day.

  • Damage from the collapse of the Twin Towers.

  • American flags were dawned across the country after Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Rescue workers dug through the piles of destruction searching for bodies and body parts each day.

  • The dust from the collapse of the towers did not settle for days after the attacks.

  • Memorials were set up across the city for victims and fallen rescue workers.

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