Jim Jordan is one of many Los Angeles County firefighters who were dispatched to Ground Zero shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
The retired fire captain, who now works part time as Calabasas' public safety manager, spent three weeks in New York City in September 2001.
He mostly worked from the Javits convention center doing communication and logistical work with search-and-rescue teams.
But when he was available, he helped with the cleanup effort at Ground Zero. One of the moments Jordan said he would never forget was passing by blackboards covered with fliers that named missing people and knowing that they were all dead.
"It was the saddest thing I had done in my history with the fire department," Jordan said.
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, are etched into the American psyche forever. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of that infamous day, Patch is looking to share your stories about how the terrorist attacks and their aftermath have affected you personally.
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