Two decades later Steve Buscemi still has a hard time remembering those days without getting emotional. It was only five days, five days of very long hours immersed in a very hard work: the front line response after that fateful attack on September 11, 2001 in New York.
Born in Brooklyn, this actor now known worldwide for series such as ‘The Empire of Smuggling’ and films such as ‘Reserve Dogs’ or ‘Fargo’, began to carve out his successful acting career in the mid-1980s, but at the beginning of that decade his job was quite another. Specifically from 1980 to 1984 Buscemi was a firefighter in the New York area of Little ItalyAn experience that prompted him to volunteer to help when his city was experiencing one of the worst moments in American history.
The actor now recalls, in statements to the WTF With Marc Maron podcast, how he called the station several times without success and ended up deciding to stand there to help in whatever was necessary. “I asked if I could join and realized that at first they did not trust too much, but I worked with them that day“. A day that was the first of five in which Buscemi worked 12-hour shifts helping how he could with rescue tasks.
Steve Buscemi served as an NYC Firefighter in his 20’s before becoming a successful actor.
After hearing of the 9/11 attacks, he grabbed his old gear and headed to ground zero.
He worked 12-hour shifts for 5 days digging through rubble & looking for survivors.
? John Pompliano (@JohnPompliano) September 11, 2021
* “Steve Buscemi was a New York City firefighter in his early 20s, before becoming a successful actor. After learning of the September 11 attacks, He grabbed his old gear and headed to Ground Zero. Worked 12-hour shifts for 5 days rummaging through the rubble and trying to find survivors. Legend”.
The consequences of horror
Buscemi, who has always been reluctant to talk about that experience, adds that It was very difficult for him to return to his daily life after that. “I was depressed, anxious, couldn’t make a simple decision.” All this despite the fact that, luckily, the actor was physically unharmed from that return to his times as a firefighter.
“I haven’t experienced any health problems and I get regular check-ups, but PTSD? Absolutely. I was only there like five days, but when i stopped going and tried to live my life again it was very, very hard“Remembering it still is.” There are times when I talk about 9/11 and I’m there. I start to suffocate and realize that it’s still a big part of me‘”Sadly as Buscemi feel many Americans whose lives changed forever 20 years ago.