Former NYC firefighter recalls 9/11

By Erin James
The Evening Sun

EAST BERLIN, Pa. — Every year as September approaches, John Cleary knows the spotlight is getting nearer.

The former New York City firefighter whose soot-covered, exhausted face once graced front pages around the world, became a celebrity of sorts when a Reuters photographer snapped a picture of him on Sept. 11, 2001. When the picture was taken, Cleary says, he was leaving Ground Zero to take a short break from digging through rubble and searching for survivors.

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