Vehicle chase yields 1 arrest, 1 suspect still at large

A Chico man has been taken into custody and another man remains at large after a vehicle chase through two counties Thursday afternoon.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord around noon, but the driver fled. As the northbound pursuit reached the city limits of Alvord, the driver slowed and his passenger jumped from the vehicle in the area of Speer Lane and South Hubbard Street. Akin said the driver sped off.

“Our (pursuing officer) told the passenger, ‘you stay right there,'” Akin said. Besides that unit, there were no others on scene at the time.

The chase continued north on 287 into Montague County, at times driving across the median into oncoming traffic, before turning west onto Bryan Road near Sunset. Akin said there the driver wrecked his vehicle and fled on foot. After a search by deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Akin said officers apprehended Shawn Payne, 29.

In the meantime, Akin said law enforcement officers  converged in Alvord near the area on Speer Lane where the passenger jumped out of the car. Deputies hadn’t caught the suspect and were still on scene as of 3 p.m.

The sheriff said deputies didn’t see weapons on the subject but would consider him dangerous until they knew otherwise. A description of the man wasn’t available, he said.

Alvord ISD Superintendent Dr. Randy Brown said the district dismissed normally Thursday afternoon but had requested a law enforcement presence at its home games that evening.



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1 killed in wreck

One man was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 west of Boyd near County Road 4593.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jeff Johnson said a silver Ford passenger car was on the eastbound shoulder of the road when it attempted a U-turn directly into the path of an eastbound Ford pickup. The pickup struck the car at its driver door, killing the car’s driver in the impact. The force of the collision sent both vehicles across the road and onto the westbound shoulder.

The car’s driver has not been identified, pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the pickup was uninjured.

Boyd Volunteer Fire Department, Boyd Police Department, Wise County EMS and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

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3 arrested following manhunt

A manhunt that began after a Decatur police officer initiated a traffic stop on Thompson Street near U.S. 81/287 led to three arrests Thursday morning.
Decatur Police Department’s Lt. Delvon Campbell said officer Jase Reeves stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in a business parking lot near the 400 block of Thompson Street at 10:16 a.m.
Campbell said returns on the vehicle’s license plate didn’t match its registration and when the officer prepared to confront the vehicle’s driver with that information, the individual bolted for a nearby creek.
“Just about the time the officer was going to ask the male subject to step out, the male subject just took off on him,” Campbell said. “He took off on foot through [the creek area].
Campbell said Decatur dispatchers contacted the Wise County Sheriff’s Office for canine assistance, and several nearby Texas Department of Public Safety troopers also aided in the search, but the combined agencies were unable to locate the driver.
During the search, Campbell said officers obtained a search warrant for the driver’s hotel room at America’s Best Value Inn, where they discovered 49 grams of methamphetamine, fewer than 20 ounces of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. There officers arrested Jessica Idlett, 23, of Bowie, for possession of the drugs and paraphernalia and Shawna Curtis, 48, of Decatur, for theft of less than $100. Campbell said Curtis would be charged with the drug offenses.
Campbell said officers initially made contact with an individual who agreed to take them to the driver’s hotel room, but instead intentionally led them to another room. The man, Dennis Shanahan, 57, of Decatur, was arrested for hindering apprehension or prosecution.
“When the officers were looking for our suspect, [Shanahan] took them to the wrong hotel room to start with,” Campbell said. “So he was basically just helping out our suspect.”
Campbell said officers had set up a perimeter around the area, but Shanahan’s diversion likely helped the driver escape. The foot search was called off around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
They also recovered $7,883 from the stopped vehicle. Campbell said officers know the driver’s identity and are still searching for him. The department has not released the subject’s identity due to pending charges.

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Decatur officers involved in manhunt

Decatur police officers are searching for a man near the creek behind America’s Best Value Inn on U.S. 81/287 north of Thompson Street.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday officers, working with at least one canine team from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, had formed a perimeter in the area.

No details about the individual are available at this time, but the department confirmed the pursuit began when the individual fled on foot following a traffic stop.

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Man killed in wreck

An Alvord man was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 about three miles north of Decatur Thursday afternoon.

Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Lantz Elliot said a Chevrolet Camaro driven by Robert D. Shepherd, 53, was northbound at about 6:15 when he attempted to pass a black Ford SUV occupied by two people. Elliot said Shepherd failed to give the SUV enough room when passing, striking its front left fender with the back of his car. The collision triggered a chain of events, in which Shepherd’s Camaro left the roadway at an angle, entering the east side shoulder and sliding down sideways. Elliot said speed may have played a factor in the wreck.

“It shot him off the road,” Elliot said. “The gradient in the shoulder made him slide sideways.”

The car struck a tree and flipped into a creek bottom. Shepherd was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor. The SUV’s occupants were uninjured.

Decatur Fire Department, Wise County EMS and Wise County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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Wreck victim identified

Texas Department of Public Safety investigators Wednesday released the name of the driver involved in a single-vehicle wreck on County Road 4668, also know as Bobo Crossing, late Tuesday night.

DPS Spokesperson Lt. Lonny Haschel said Kenneth Carlton Jr., 43 of Newark, was westbound on the road about 11:50 when he lost control of his 2007 Ford Mustang for an undetermined reason near the road’s bridge over the West Fork Trinity River. The vehicle rode up the guardrail before plunging to the river bottom below, landing on the front of its roof and coming to rest right-side-up partially in the water.

State Trooper Jeff Johnson characterized Carlton’s injuries at the scene as critical. He was flown to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Boyd and Newark Fire Departments, Wise County EMS and Wise County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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1 injured in wreck

One man was injured late Tuesday night when his vehicle plunged from the bridge on County Road 4668, also known as Bobo Crossing.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said a witness at the scene told him she was cut off by a sports car at the Farm Road 718 intersection just before midnight. The witness said the car sped westbound on 4668 where Johnson said evidence indicates it caught the bridge’s guardrail with its right tires, riding the guard rail to the bridge’s concrete barrier and tipping off into the river bottom below. It’s not clear why the vehicle left the roadway, he said.

The vehicle landed on the front edge of its roof and flipped, coming to rest right-side-up with its roof crushed. Firefighters extricated the driver. He was taken via air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with critical injuries.

The driver’s name has been withheld pending an update on his condition. He was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Boyd and Newark Fire Departments, Wise County EMS and Wise County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

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Church destroyed in fire

A church in Chico was destroyed by a fire Saturday afternoon.

Living Waters Fellowship Church, located in the 200 block of Davis Street, caught fire around 3:45 p.m. and flames spread throughout the building’s attic as a tall tower of smoke from was visible for more than 15 miles.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long was one of the first firefighters on scene and said he observed the building’s roof venting flames in three places. Crews from multiple fire departments mounted an external attack and notified an electrical company to shut down nearby power lines.

“It was vented through most of that,” Long said. “It all burned very fast.”

After knocking down flames, firefighters used a backhoe to pull down several of the church’s exterior walls to help mop up the building’s smoldering ruins.

“It made it easier to get what’s left and it got rid of a safety hazard we would have encountered later,” Long said.

Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said his investigation is still ongoing but noted that scorch marks on the upper sections of the building’s walls indicate the fire started in its shared attic.

“One of the first 911 callers told me he got here and had brown smoke coming out of the eave,” Washburn said. “Brown smoke is from a fire that’s lacking oxygen. Once it broke through the window in the front, he said it turned to black smoke and flames. It had traveled the whole attic.”

Firefighters from Crafton, Chico, Lake Bridgeport, Decatur, Paradise, Alvord, Sand Flat and Bridgeport fire departments responded to the blaze with precautionary aid and heat rehabilitation from Wise County EMS personnel on scene.

The church will hold regular services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at Chico City Hall, 400 S Hovey St.


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Man injured in motorcycle wreck

One man was severely injured when he wrecked his motorcycle into a barbed wire fence on County Road 1590 about a mile west of Alvord Thursday afternoon.
A neighbor said the man was westbound when he left the roadway near a driveway and struck a fencepost. The man became tangled in the fence and his bike flipped several times during the wreck, a bystander said. A clear path of tire marks, followed by debris, led from the roadway to the spot where the bike came to rest in a nearby field.
Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschell later identified the man as Gregory Meier, 21, of Alvord. Bystanders said Meier was passionate about motorcycles and frequently traveled the road.
DPS Investigator Jose Gomez confirmed the story and said the man was taken via air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Wise County EMS and Alvord Fire Department responded to the scene.

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Home destroyed in fire

A family lost their home in the 130 block of Private Road 1311 to large fire Thursday morning.

The road runs off of County Road 1304, northeast of Bridgeport.

Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said two adults and a child lived in the home, which is owned by next-door neighbor Nita Duke. Washburn said Duke first saw the fire from her home.

Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise Fire Departments responded to the fire, which Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported in the blaze. Red Cross is assisting the family.


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DPS identifies drivers in fatal wreck

Investigators have released the names of those involved in the fatal wreck on Farm Road 730 south of Boyd Tuesday afternoon.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said Mearl Miner, 51, of Fort Worth was killed when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a southbound SUV driven by Rosemary Switzer, 69, of Rhome. Miner had been northbound on the road and Garcia said at the scene it wasn’t clear what prompted Switzer to veer into oncoming traffic.

Switzer was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle.

The road was closed for several hours while investigators were on scene.

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Motorcyclist killed in head-on wreck

One man was killed when his motorcycle was struck head-on by an SUV on Farm Road 730 near County Road 4765 south of Boyd.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said the motorcyclist was northbound on 730 when when a southbound Lincoln SUV crossed the median for unknown reasons and struck the motorcycle. The SUV came in the grass on the west side of the road.

The SUV’s driver was taken via ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays.

The identities of both drivers have been withheld, pending notification of family. More information will be posted as it’s made available.

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Man shot by homeowner identified

A man who was shot and killed while apparently trying to enter a neighbor’s home at 4 a.m. has been identified. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the man has been identified as Spencer Crandall, 31, who lives down the street from where the shooting took place. Crandall was attempting to enter a neighboring home in the 12800 block of Carpenter Lane, in the Shale Creek subdivision east of Rhome, around 4 Friday morning. While attempting to restrain Crandall, the homeowner shot and killed him. Crandall’s wife was out of state when the shooting took place and has been notified of her husband’s death, Walker said. No arrests have been made. A full story will be featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Always Remember: Tami Shepard

Sad thing is, when the news came through, I wasn’t doing too much. My mom called me. I had the TV on, but it was on a station that rarely had news. I remember that I had to go to town later that day to try and open a bank account. Almost everywhere I went had TVs on with the news broadcasts. The wonderful joining of Americans afterward was great. Sad thing is, that has declined again, and no one cares, once again.

Tami Shepard

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Always Remember: Cathy Oates

On a horrible day on 9/11/2001, the world as we know it suddenly came undone. Some terrorists commanded two planes filled with passengers to fly straight into the twin towers in New York City at 8:36 a.m.

As the skies filled with gray ash, the floors of the buildings started to crumble one by one. Bricks and mortar crashing down on those inside, thousands of lives came to an end that day. Families trying vainly to get in touch by phone, not knowing who or how many had survived.

It would be days before those trapped would be found and rescued. Heros were made that day on the 88th floor, among others. Men were willing to risk their lives to help those still alive.

Forever in our hearts, the infamous memory will burn. But from such tragedy we, as a nation, will have learned to never more take life for granted, not even for a day. In my mind, I say we were victorious because we pulled together, and rose again from the ash that day.

Cathy Oates

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Always Remember: Mike Jones

I was in my school office in Wilson, in West Texas, when my wife called me and said a plane had struck the World Trade Center. We turned on a television and watched as the second plane struck the other tower and the Pentagon.

I met with the campus principal and staff that morning. Parents began to call the school soon after the news, and several parents came and picked up their children. We tried to maintain a sense of normalcy for the younger elementary students and middle school students to not cause alarm. The high school students were allowed to watch the news coverage as this was a historical event that the electronic media allowed the world to witness in “real time.”

I went around to each room to monitor the students and staff and several students had questions. We answered them factually and calmly. Questions like, would they attack our town or school? I explained that a small, rural farming community in West Texas was not a likely target compared with a metropolitan area with well-known tourist locations. An open house had been scheduled for that evening, and we sent word home with the students postponing it until a later date.

I also remember flying to a school board convention two weeks after 9/11 and the airplane was nearly empty.

Mike Jones
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Retired general recalls fateful day at Pentagon

By Dave Rogers
Originally published Sunday, September 11, 2011

Stories. Undoubtedly, retired U.S. Army two-star general Gene LaCoste of Alvord has more than a few about many of the 184 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon since many were his friends and coworkers.

Gene LaCoste

Gene LaCoste

But 10 years later, the man who most certainly would have been another victim of the Flight 77 hijackers had he been in his office that morning, couldn’t bring himself to single out one or two of the remarkable people he worked alongside.

“Most of the ones (that died) were majors, colonels and generals,” he said recently. “Almost all of them had wives and children.

“The tragedy wasn’t that they were killed. The tragedy was that they (wives and children) were left without a father.

“The lesson you should learn from it is how important people are. And the thing you should never forget about it is there are still people out there trying to destroy our life.”

That’s why LaCoste continues to grant interviews and, when possible, attend 9/11 tributes.

Like the good soldier he was, an Army Ranger whose 33-year military career began during the Vietnam War and included such titles as assistant commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, director of Army safety and the job – assistant director of personnel – that took him to work at the Pentagon, LaCoste is ever on guard.

We all should be, he said. Now and forever.

“I think the thing on the stories that are trying to be told about this event is for the young kids of today that were too young to even remember what this was all about, it should be a constant reminder that freedom’s not free,” he said.

“There’s a cost. And there’s people out there paying the cost every day.”

A total of 2,977 people were killed by 19 al-Qaida terrorists who hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed them. The largest loss of life occurred in New York City, where two jets crashed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, killing 2,606.

In Arlington, Va., American Airlines Flight 77, bound from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon at 8:37 a.m. Central Daylight Time. All 64 people on board the aircraft, including five hijackers, were killed, as were 125 people in the building.

The plane crashed into the Army’s Personnel Department offices, killing LaCoste’s boss, Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude.

“It came in between my office and my boss’ office,” said the 64-year-old LaCoste. “The nose went in both our offices.”

LaCoste, a speaker at past 9/11 remembrances in Decatur, planned to be out of Wise County on business for the 10th anniversary of the awful day.

When the hijacked plane hit the Pentagon, LaCoste was on assignment in Kansas.

“We were back in two-and-a-half hours and assisting in the recovery that lasted for 30 days,” he said. “We were trying to save the people that were burned. We had over 100 people severely burned. Some of them stayed in the hospital for over a year.

“We had people that were instantly killed, people that were buried for over 30 days. You found parts of them.”

Was the Wichita Falls native surprised that terrorists targeted the Pentagon?

“At the time, you really don’t have time to think about that. You’re trained to do something, you know what needs to be done, and you do it,” he said.

“The immediate reaction was to try to help the people who were injured and the families of those who died.”

Since 9/11, LaCoste retired from the military and has spent much of his time operating a helicopter flight school located in Denton. He recently opened Star-L Helicopters in Alvord.

“The most important thing,” he said, looking back on 9/11, “is that it makes you understand how important family and friends are and how life can be unexpectedly snuffed out pretty easily.”

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Links to Tradition

LINKS TO TRADITION - Brothers Dakota and Cisco Roberts display the flags the Boyd football team brings onto the field before each game. Cisco gave the flags, which flew in Iraq and Kuwait in 2003, to the football program. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

By Richard Greene
Originally published Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Boyd Yellowjackets storm onto the field each fall Friday night to the sound of cheers and the band blaring out the fight song.

Waving at the front of the pack of players decked in green and gold are the red, white and blue of Old Glory and the Texas flag.

It’s a sight that Cisco Roberts hasn’t seen in seven years, but he still gets emotional thinking about it. The emotions from the first time he saw the flags lead the Yellowjackets on the field remain forever raw.

“I saw these flags come out, and it’s something I’ll never forget,” said the Army veteran, holding the flags Thursday at the old Yellowjacket Stadium. “I spent half the game under the bleachers. It was very emotional to see my flags coming out.”

Roberts donated the American and Texas flags to the football team. The two flew over Kuwait and Iraq during his tour of duty in 2002-03. The American flag has the date it flew in service written on the seam.

“It’s really neat to see them again,” he said. “It’s special the youth has taken such care of them.”

Two years before Roberts gave the special flags to the Boyd program, the tradition of carrying an American flag on to the field started. It was during his younger brother Dakota’s sophomore year in 2001.

The Yellowjackets, two years removed from playing in a state title game, were off to a 1-1 start to the season and preparing for a game against state-ranked Pilot Point.

Then on a Tuesday morning, Boyd, America and the world changed. With the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., football and many other daily activities took a back seat.

“It was life-changing,” said Dakota Roberts. “It is even to this day.”

As the tragedy unfolded, he started thinking about his brother Cisco, who began his life in the military just 14 days after graduating from Boyd in 2000.

“I can’t remember how soon he was deployed, but I knew he would be one of the first to go,” Dakota said. “We had no idea what we were getting into.”

Boyd coach J.G. Cartwright recalls bringing the team together in the wake of the attacks to talk about them. That’s when the idea of carrying the American flag onto the field as a tribute to the country and troops was conceived.

“That was the first time,” Cartwright said. “It was very special. I know it means a lot to them.”

Three days after the tragedy, right after Boyd and Pilot Point took the field, the two teams and fans circled together on the field with Josh Stevenson leading a prayer.

“We all held hands, circled up and prayed for our troops and that everything was going to be all right,” Dakota said. “It didn’t matter then if you were from Boyd or Pilot Point. All that mattered is that we’re all Americans.”

Boyd went on to win 20-6. But the result didn’t matter and was lost in the emotion of the night that included a touching tribute by the Boyd band at halftime with the playing of “Taps.”

“I don’t believe there was a dry eye in that stadium,” said Messenger reader Sandy Lambert in a letter to the editor the following week describing the scene.

Not long after September 11, Cisco was deployed to the Middle East.

“I couldn’t wait,” he recalled. “I was trained and was ready to go and do what I needed to do. The call came, and I was thankful to be able to serve.”

After a traumatic tour, Cisco came home in the fall of 2003. He knew of the Boyd team continuing the tradition of carrying the flags onto the field. A week after returning home, he came to a Thursday meeting at the stadium to talk to the players.

“We were at the 50-yard line for a team meeting, and I gave a speech about not being the weak link,” Cisco recalled. “I then presented the flags.”

Then a senior, Dakota was there.

“I’ll never forget that team meeting and the emotion,” he recalled.

Many years later to see the flags still holding a special place in the program is meaningful for the brothers. Each week the team picks someone to carry them out on the field.

“These are the most valuable flags in the world to me,” Dakota said. “It means so much 10 years later they are part of the tradition.”

Cisco added: “It’s something for the youth to keep this tradition up so long, 10 years after September 11.”

As the 10th anniversary arrives this weekend, the brothers will be thinking like most Americans of the sacrifices made over the past decade.

“There’s still a lot of families suffering,” Cisco said.

For Dakota, the flag and this tradition are the true symbols of freedom.

“This is what our soldiers fight for, so our kids can play football and carry our flag out,” he said.

Grand Old Flag

GRAND OLD FLAG - Boyd started the tradition of carrying the flag onto the field after September 11 and continue it today. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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Local resident served at Ground Zero

By Erika Pedroza
Originally published Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chuck Stone

Chuck Stone of Newark

For eight months and 19 days, 91,000 people aided in the cleanup and recovery of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the nation.

For 10 of those days, Chuck Stone of Newark and 11 others with the Top of Texas Disaster Relief Team volunteered in those efforts during February 2002.

Split into two, six-man shifts, the group volunteered during February 2012 in a cafeteria under a football field-sized tent just a couple hundred feet from Ground Zero. Daily they fed about 1,000 firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services personnel and state employees working on-site.

“It was quite the experience and privilege to be able to do that at the time,” Stone said. “Ten years later, I still think of it quite a bit – what I went through, what everybody there went through. What I found really neat was the camaraderie, the unity, in spite of what we were having to go through. It was awesome to witness that.”

The volunteers prepared food donated by establishments that were closed because of their proximity to the site of the attacks.

“We had all types of food – seafood, Asian food, high-dollar food,” Stone said. “We cooked breakfast, lunch and supper in that 500-seat cafeteria.”

As part of the morning shift, Stone started his work at 7 a.m. and was relieved at 3 p.m. to tour and explore the city.

“While I got to see a lot of neat things -Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater – I saw a lot of somber things,” Stone said. “When I went walking around in my free time, I saw a lot of memorial T-shirts, flags on fences, personal memorials, flowers. It was pretty somber to see all of that.

“It was a painful reminder that our country had been attacked.”

Another indication of the extent of the tragedy really struck Stone.

“They would ring a bell when they found someone,” Stone said. “I was there in February, so it had been a while. But I’d still hear it ring about two or three times a day. That’s really stuck in my mind, even now.”

Two or three times a year, he receives a survey regarding his well-being from the World Trade Center Health Registry inquiring about the effects of the environmental hazards and gruesome sights at Ground Zero.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the New York City Health Department established this entity in 2002 to monitor the health of those, such as Stone, directly exposed to the disaster.

“They ask how our health is, how our experience over there is affecting us,” he said. “It’s a good thing they’re keeping up with us.”

And according to the 9/11 Health website, they will continue to do so for the next 20 years.

Fortunately, Stone has not shown any ill effects, perhaps because he wasn’t dispatched to volunteer until five months after the attack, and his time there was limited to 10 days.

For others, however, this isn’t the case.

Common mental health issues include sleep disturbance, excessive fatigue and irritability. Common physical ailments include respiratory symptoms such as asthma and dry cough.

According to the site, 25,000 of the more than 91,000 rescue, recovery and cleanup workers and volunteers are enrolled in the registry.

Of that number, 12 percent report developing new-onset asthma since working at Ground Zero.

Ninety-nine percent of exposed firefighters within the first week reported at least one new respiratory symptom while working at the World Trade Center site.

A New York State Department of Health study of 43 World Trade Center responders found that their blood contained higher rates of chemicals that are normally released when solid municipal waste is burned than the general population.

The prevalence of probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among rescue and recovery workers enrolled in the registry increased from 12.1 percent two to three years after the attacks to 19.5 percent five to six years after the attacks.

“We’re still dealing with the effects,” Stone said. “Luckily, (volunteer experience) hasn’t made me sick, but (9/11) still affects me. We will never forget.”

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