Joseph Pfeifer Retires: First Fire Chief to Respond to World Trade Center on 9/11 and Last Fire Chief to Retire

Joseph Pfeifer was the first chief to enter one of the Twin Towers on 9/11. This week, he becomes the last fire chief who responded that day to retire. “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor has his story.

Then FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer and his crew were taking gas meter readings in a manhole when he witnessed hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 fly into the north side of the World Trade Center’s North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m. He and his crew picked up their gear and responded to 1 WTC. The crew’s reaction to the first plane’s hit was captured by a film crew that riding along with them for a documentary.

When Battalion Chief Pfeifer arrived at 1 WTC he saw his brother in the lobby. His brother was a fire lieutenant that also responded to 1 WTC — Lt. Kevin Pfeifer, was assigned to rescue people on the upper floor. Lt. Kevin Pfeifer did not survive the collapse.

ABC News coverage below …

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