Tragic Techniques In Dennis Smith's Report From Ground Zero

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There were 407 brave souls who put all their effort into helping others escape the attacks on 9/11, including the author Dennis Smith who reported to Manhattan's Ladder Co. 16. In Report From Ground Zero, Dennis Smith uses style and tone in order to illustrate what each firefighter went through on September 11, 2001 and the days following the tragic events.
In testimony #1, Dennis Smith uses style to provide both personal acknowledgements from the author and to allow Hayden to share what he went through first-hand during September 11th. For example; Dennis Smith recalls that “Pete Hayden is one of the most respected fire-chiefs [he knows].” (Smith 27). The author recognizes that Pete Hayden is a good man in an elevated position on the career
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This can be seen when the author states; “It is like approaching a beach as I walk down south West Street. First there is a little concrete dust, like powdered soft sand, and then suddenly every step kicks up a cloud.” (Smith 170). Dennis Smith provides a plethora of imagery in his testimony, everything from the faintest smell to the most overwhelming of sights. His testimony is, by far, the most gut-wrenching. Dennis makes the readers feel the pain he did, seeing the awful things he did and feeling the same hurt he did. Aside from what he said himself, others recognize that Dennis Smith has put his own heart and soul into serving his community, and this can be seen with the statement: “In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York’s devastated fire and police departments.” (Dennis Smith, American Writer and Retired Firefighter). He tirelessly lead rescue efforts, keeping the spirits of fellow firefighters and rescuers high. This man dedicated all of his time during this time period to helping those who needed it, before and after the tragic outcome of the towers falling. With everything considered, Dennis Smith suffered much pain with the events of September 11, but he was able to put it partially aside and focus on what could be done rather than what was not done.
Report From Ground Zero is a beautifully tragic book. The author succeeds in capturing the feelings of loss, bravery, and personal encounters of fellow firefighters, alongside himself, throughout the entire timeline of the September 11th attacks. By attaching the stories to the names, the author really put the extent of the destruction, both physically and mentally, in

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