"One of the most poignant exhibits - the one that hit me in the gut and brought me back to the loss and heroism of that day - is the remains of Ladder 3.
The front of the cab is totally destroyed.
I immediately thought of Ladder 3 Capt. Pat Brown, who lost all the men on his day and night tour that day. What a leader he was, Paddy Brown. He was a teacher, a motivator.
For me, it's all about the people. Paddy Brown was a decorated FDNY hero well before 9/11. He was a Vietnam War veteran.
Men who weren't even scheduled to work that day would follow him into that burning tower. They would follow him anywhere. Now he and all his men were gone.
Ladder 3 is a wreck when you see it. It brings back searing memories to think all the people we lost."