Native America Anthony Miller was at work in Jackson, Michigan, when he learned of the 9/11 attacks on the East Coast.

 

Five days later he reported to the office of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local #40.

He was there for 42 days.

 

these are his photographs.

“I was compelled to go

to New York City.

It’s all I could think about. It was with me every day.”

 

anthony Miller is a member of

the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians.

 

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Security was tight at the site, requiring all workers to undergo an FBI background check

and multiple checkpoints before setting out to work.

 

Miller and fellow iron workers cleared roads of debris and assembled cranes

that would be used to clear the site of the former Twin Towers.

“We’d cut iron, the big stuff, and trim it down to a size that it could be loaded on a truck and hauled away.”

“The air was thick. The wreckage burned for weeks.  It was hard to know what to expect.”

 

 

Many of those who worked in the recovery efforts after 9/11 suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

A study published in 2009 in the journal The Psychiatrist found that symptoms of PTSD

were found in nearly 19 percent of 124 study participants.

anthony miller took an early retirement from Ironworkers Local #25 in 2003.

he is currently working in a sawmill in washington state.