Denison man was on Ground Zero during 9/11

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Eddie Papero, a Denison resident, helped save lives in the attacks of September 11th.

"I know you want to save the world."

That's what one man said to Papero years before he became a hero.
Minutes after hearing about the first tower being hit, Eddie, a trained paramedic, ran in to help.

"My heart, my devotion, I’m a medic. I follow the firemen," said Papero.

"I identified myself to the New York City police officers, and I showed them my ID, and I told them what I did, and they said we could use you."

Standing in the lobby of the North Tower, Papero saw the second plane hit. He thought it was an accident, but after 57 hours on Ground Zero, Papero helped all those he could.

He suffered burns and had many operations then, but now he suffers from the memories.

Papero has since left the medical field, and plans on getting married next year, but he says he will never be the same after 9/11.

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  • by Jason Location: Dallas on Dec 7, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    I know Eddie and he is definitely a hero. We can all thank the world for people like this, that would put themselves on the line in the face of a tragedy. Thank you.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    Thank you very much for all you did. You are truly a hero. I pray God grants you the peace you need to deal with the things you saw.
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