Mario Zorovic is a retired New York City emergency services policeman who recently visited the Baldwinsville Rotary Club to relay his experiences on 9/11 and the aftermath that followed.
Although his unit was one of the first to respond to the World Trade Center disaster, Zorovic was pulling a different shift at the time and arrived after the buildings collapsed. Fourteen members of his unit perished in the attacks. He shared moment after moment of his experience with the rotary crowd.
"By sharing his story he has eased some of his pain and has made us all very proud of the heroic efforts of the New York City police and fire departments and numerous other agencies from all over the USA," said Jacqueline Olmsted, president of the B'ville Rotary.
Zorovic drove the magnitude of his experience home when he began talking about the "morning of shadows." He talked about driving in clouds of smoke and ash right after the buildings collapsed and said, "As we penetrated the dust cloud, all we could see were shadows of people covered in dust."
"Talking to you has made me feel better," Zorovic said in closing.