Photos: A portrait of the 9/11 rescue workers

[Warning: Some photos may be considered disturbing to some.]

By Eric Sandler

"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children." - Former President George W. Bush

Thirteen years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 it seems nearly unfathomable to think that such an act could have even occurred on U.S. soil -- and in New York City nonetheless.

As we reflect back on those lost both on that dark day and as a result of the ensuing battles against terrorists abroad, we must also remember the selfless rescue workers, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, military personnel, and all others who rushed to the aid of the trapped, wounded and stunned victims of terror in the Twin Towers on September 11th. The heart-wrenching photos above paint a portrait of self-sacrificing heroes who rushed into the unknown as all others rushed out -- today we commemorate them.

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