Excerpts from Newly Released Sept. 11 Transcripts and Oral Histories

Excerpts of more than 500 firefighters' oral histories of their experiences on Sept. 11 were released Friday along with more than 15 hours of radio transmissions.


After the towers collapsed, ''at this point, the radio was pretty open because there weren't a lot of survivors really. Guys ran in different directions. It has a lot to do with the choices you made: which direction you ran, what you decided to do, how close to the buildings you stayed, your sense of urgency, all of those things. ... Even at that point, I knew in my mind that firefighters were killed or injured in the last 45 minutes or whatever during what happened, but I still didn't realize the scope of it.''

_ Fire Lt. Warren Smith.