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9/11 Responder: Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross

9/11 Responder: Roy Gross, Animal Rescue 02:17

Edward BurnsTyree BaconChristine FamigliettiJohn FealWilliam FischerJohn GallagherKenneth GeorgeStacey GoodmanRoy GrossAlex NikulinCarol PauknerJames VazRobert WeisbergTerese WunderlichRichard Doerler

Roy Gross is Suffolk County SPCA Chief. In 2001 his unit had just acquired a state of the art mobile animal hospital, one of only three in the U.S. at the time. Gross contacted the NYPD and offered the services of his "MASH" unit. The mobile hospital treated household pets and the dogs brought in to search for survivors and victims.

Editor's Note: This segment was originally published Sept. 11, 2011.

This interview is part of an oral history project that began in an unlikely place: the office of Long Island medical doctor Benjamin Luft.

Shortly after 9/11, Dr. Luft helped start a clinic at Stony Brook University Medical Center to treat the chronic illnesses suffered by the responders who rushed to ground zero to help.

As he treated cops, firefighters, construction workers and others, Luft heard their personal stories of what happened during the attacks and the months of recovery work at the World Trade Center site.

As Scott Pelley reported on the 60 Minutes broadcast, Dr. Luft listened to their stories in his examining room for years when he realized that his patients were the authors of one of the most dramatic chapters of American history.


With his own money, a few donations, and a small, mostly volunteer staff, Dr. Luft started recording interviews with 9/11 responders from all walks of life. Those interviews have been turned into a documentary and also a book, called "We're Not Leaving! 9/11 Responders Tell Their Stories of Courage, Sacrifice and Renewal." You can find out more about this project at

To see more excerpts from Dr. Luft's remarkable interviews, click on the faces above or go back to the start by clicking here.

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