September 11, 2001 Podcast About The Downwind Walk At Ground Zero.

I would like to share a podcast with you about wat it was like to work at Ground Zero and deal with 9/11 as a first responder for the FDNY.

I will also be sending out information and videos in upcoming posts about visiting Ground Zero and some of the stories from 9/11.

Please Click Here if you would like this free podcast.

Have a great day and do something awesome in memory of someone we lost on 9/11.

Lieutenant Steven Kanarian, FDNY (retired)wtc-destruction_flag1.jpg









Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment

EMS Book: September 11, 2001, “The Downwind Walk.” Tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of an FDNY Paramedic..

The Downwind walk is now available on-line at Authorhouse Publications.


Author ofThe Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedics Experiences After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001

Lt. Kanarian’s book tells about the rescue efforts at Ground Zero during 9/11 from the perspective of a lieutenant who responded as an urban search and rescue medic. The book contains never before published photos and interviews with significant responders of 9/11.

This book is important in preserving the EMS role in September 11, 2001 as the year’s pass.  This book should be read  EMT and paramedic students who want to know how to survive a terrorist attack.  This book is also an essential first-hand account of 9/11 for use in and Homeland Security Degree Programs.  By reading this book you will gain a first-hand account of 9/11 from Ground Zero from eye level.

This book gives you a behind the scenes view of Ground Zero and the after effects from Lt. Kanarian’s view, in his dusty boots.–Downwind-Walk.aspx

Posted in FDNY EMS, PTSD, Terrorism Response, Urban Search and Rescue | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How do I travel to Atlantic City and deduct the trip? 

Starting your own business is a tax deduction and smarter than gambling……

Atlantic City is famous for its beautiful waterfront location and gambling.  People have vacations for decades at this beach playground of the east coast.  

Have you ever considered deducting trips you take to. Beach front locations?  

“No Steve I can’t do that in my line of work.”  

Flip the coin. >>>>>>>>

Rather than say “I can’t deduct trips in my line of work.” Ask the question, “What line of work do I have to be in to deduct travel expenses to places like San Diego, Atlantic City, Orlando” and the Carribean?”

You can deduct travel, hotel and meal costs when you travel to a conference in your business field, ( Consult your accountant for specific details that apply to your financial situation.). 

You can easily open a website and begin a business in any field 

I have a business which allows me to work from where I want to supplement my salary. 

Hard Way or Sart way. 

When I hear the word business I thin of a long string of requirements and trial and error before failing. 

What can we learn from Chipotle, BMW ant Harley Davidson?  

If you wanted to pen one of these businesses you can pay a liscence fee and get training to learn how to run the business. Who the Hell wants to start a business from scratch?  

If you have read this far you are interested in learning how you can liscence your own business, travel and learn to succeed.  

E-Mall me.  stevenkanarian@gmail com. To learn more.  Subject:Atlantic City

I traveled to Jamisca and Las Vegas this year already.  The Carribean is next.  
Click here to learn more 
Book and audios available here 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Air mobility Command Museaum, September 11, 2001 Memorial 

Today I discovered a 9/11 memorial at the Zaire Mobility Museum at Dover Air Force Base.  

The museum has a nice collection of classic war planes and a former Air Force 2 plane.  I was especially impressed with the B-17G Flying Fortress on display.  The Galway displaying Medal of Honor winners and their still ties was very inspiring.  

On the side of the museaum I found the 9/11 memorial which was a circular concrete garden with granite benches. There are 2 steel I beams from the World Trade Center on display.  

There were some famous quotes from 9/11 and a dedication the the Eagles Fire Club at the airbase.  

I continue to be impressed how far and deep the emotions from 9/11 run. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Come From Away, Broadway Play Review


A story of compassion on 9/11/01 to travelers stranded when US airspace was closed.

Come From Away is an upbeat story about airline travelers who were stranded in Gander Newfoundland when the United States airspace was closed on September 11, 2001.  Come from Away is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein.  Gander airport was used because of its size and location.  Gander was formerly an air force base that fueled planes going overseas before long flights were made possible.  Newfoundland, Canada played host to 38 airliners, totaling 6,122 passengers and 473 crew, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon.

The characters in the musical are based on (and in most cases share the names of) real Gander residents as well as some of the 7,000 stranded travelers they housed and fed. The show has been received by audiences and critics as a cathartic reminder of the capacity for human kindness in even the darkest of times[1] and the triumph of humanity over hate.[2]

The playwright ingeniously uses a cast of actors to play multiple characters ranging from local people to travelers from foreign lands.  The music is upbeat and emotional. I was impressed how the cast transported the audience to Gander and felt like we were on the plane. The writer shared some of the personal stories of the travelers who were stranded in Gander.

The play was not too emotional and was positive.  As a 9/1 1 responder, I was interested in another side of the 9/11 story and was pleased that the play did not trigger negative emotions.

The play is showing at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street, btwn. 7th & 8th Ave

Listen to a Free Podcast from Steven Kanarian’s Book, The Downwind Walk: A Paramedics Experiences at Ground Zero After September 11, 2001.


  1. Brantley, Ben (2017-03-12). “Review: ‘Come From Away,’ a Canadian Embrace on a Grim Day”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  2. Jump up^“9/11 musical Come From Away nets seven Tony nominations”. BBC News. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  3. Operation Yellow Ribbon. Wikipedia. This page was last edited on 15 April 2017, at 09:04.
Posted in Gander Newfoundland, September 11, 2001 | Tagged , | Leave a comment

National September 11 Memorial & Museum: What to know when you go to visit.

About the author: Steven Kanarian is a retired Lieutenant from the New York City Fire Department and wrote the Book:  The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedic’s Experiences after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.   Available from:


The National 9/11 Museum is located at 180 Greenwich Street in New York City. The museum is easily reached by mass transit or car. You can take the west side trains A or C train from Times Square or any west side subway station and arrive at Fulton Street Station.  You can also take the Path train from New Jersey to the beautiful new path station at the World Trade Center. You can drive via the west side highway and park in several parking garages. Train access from the east side of Manhattan and Grand Central Station can be accomplished by taking the subway shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square.

When visiting the 9/11 museum you should allow a minimum of 4 hours to see the museum and the Memorial Gardens.  Tickets for the date and time you want to tour the museum can be obtained prior to arrival at .   I recommend bringing a light sweater and umbrella. The museum can be very cold inside and there is no protection outside from the rain.

If you are concerned about safety at the museum rest assured the grounds are patrolled by private security, New York City Police officers and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officers.  Security is often augmented with Homeland Security and military personnel on anniversary dates.

The space in the museum is very comforting and honors the loss on 9/11. I find the Museum to be a place of healing, learning about 9/11 and meeting people from around the world.  I find it interesting how al-Qaeda sought to divide the world and the exact opposite is true; you can see proof of the empathy from around the world for the loss at the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Memorial. I think 9/11 has brought the world closer together and intermingled people’s lives that otherwise would not have met.  The memorial park and museum are exceedingly well designed.  As a 9/11 responder,  I was very hesitant to return to the site and see the museum artifacts.  I found the design of the area using natural wood and stone elements has a soothing effect.  Watch how the design of the ramp brings you down to the lower levels. I found the wood and stone elements to be very soothing and a welcome change from the steel and dust of 9/11.


Sights to see on the grounds of The National 9/11 Museum consists of the 9/11 Memorial, the National 9/11 Museum, and the observation tower at 1 World Trade Center.


The 9/11 Memorial and Waterfall

The Memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. The design was selected through an international competition that received 5,201 submissions from 63 countries. The memorial is an open space that is filled with trees that were planted during the reconstruction after September 11, 2001. There are two large waterfalls in the footprint of the North and South Towers.  I like to say the water flows into the darkness below symbolizing our eternal loss. Around each of the waterfalls are the names of the victims lost on September 11, 2001 and in the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

The Survivor Tree

The tree was nursed back to health in a New York City park and grew to be 30 feet tall, sprouting new branches and flowering in the springtime. It embodies the story of survival and resilience that is so important to the history of 9/11. Today, the tree is supported by temporary guide wires as it takes root.

9/11 Memorial Museum

“The Museum is the global focal point for preserving the history of the events of September 11, documenting the impact of the attacks, and exploring their continuing significance through monumental and personal artifacts, first-person accounts, and multimedia displays. It is located beneath the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. It includes two core exhibitions: In Memoriam, which pays tribute to those killed in the attacks on 9/11 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and a three-part historical exhibition, which tells the story of what happened on 9/11, explores what led up to the attacks, and examines the aftermath and how 9/11 continues to shape our world. Tickets are available at and the box office located at the Museum pavilion.” Cited from  on August 8, 2016.


Why 9/11 First Responders should go to the National 9/11 Museum

I put off going to the memorial and museum for a long time.  I eventually went to the memorial and found the space to be very soothing.  For a long time I wondered how we could possibly move on from the huge loss of life we experienced on 9/11/01. I found that the activity and growth of the trees down there brings new life to Ground Zero.  I enjoy the open space and waterfalls while remembering what we did and the people we lost.  I eventually found my way to the National 9/11 Museum and was pleased to see how nice the museum was designed, the wood and stone material have a soothing quality.   I would suggest going to the museum when the mood strikes you.   We all remember what we saw and experienced, however, the contents of the museum are not nearly as bad as what we saw firsthand.  For me, it was also nice to learn more about the events and the background of what many now call, “That Day.”


Best Way to get there:

  • My first choice would be to park in Times square or another location along the west side and take the subway down to the World Trade Center. You can access a variety of parking lots and garages by taking the West Side Highway south from the George Washington Bridge or the Holland and Lincoln Tunnel.
  • You can drive down to the World Trade Center. Parking may be difficult on busy days.
  • If you are coming from Staten Island and points south you may want to park in Staten Island and take the New York City Ferry to Manhattan, (free ride, great view of the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and Wards Island.


Helpful Tips:

  • Bathrooms are available in local restaurants. A great NY tip is to sit down, order a coffee and a snack, in return you can use the bathroom for “Customers Only.”  This is how New Yorkers Square root it!   After all, you can always use a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of cheese cake.
  • I would eat light before going onto the grounds of the museum and the memorial. There is not much in the way of food on the grounds.  Later you can dine and one of many excellent restaurant choices in the area.
  • Warning about buying souvenirs from street vendors: Be patient and shop around, often you can buy the same item for less the further you get from a tourist attraction.  Always try to negotiate with street vendors.



Posted in FDNY EMS, Urban Search and Rescue | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment


The Downwind Walk is about People, Caring,  Remembering and Honoring those we lost through leading a vigorous life. 

DSC_0152 copy(2)nyemsthankIMG_2031

The American Flag on the World Financial Center

“Red White and Blue” Photo by Jason Hums and Sonja Cajellas




This Hashtag #Downwindwalk is used to promote my book, The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedic’s Experiences on 9/11.  This book talks about what is was like to take the Downwind  Walk when we were always trained to move away from hazards by going upwind.  I share the stories of the people I worked with and how they got through the days and weeks after 9/11.  This book is not about me, rather this book is how I saw events and people on 9/11.

People who read the book tell me, “I felt like I was there with you on 9/11.  I could feel the tension, and experience the story with all my senses.”

Downwind Walk Continues…

The Downwind Walk is also about helping people who went into harms way to help others and now are dealing with the effects of “That Day”. I help emergency responder affected  by the response to calls which leave them distressed in the years that follow.

I am organizing a weekend retreat to help rescuers balance their active careers with the relaxing and restorative side of life.

My book is a visceral and human story of “boots on the Ground” response to Ground Zero. This story is an introspective book which seasoned responders read and enjoy being there with me experiencing the September 11, 2001 response and recovery.

The Lesson

If I had to say one thing I learned from 9/11 it is that life is fragile, we only have each other and we can remember those we lost by living vigorously in their name. OK, that was 3 things. 🙂 I always give you more poundage than you expect. Read the book and E-Mail me to tell me what you thought of the story.


I recommend this book if you want to feel something and experience first hand 9/11.

I require you to read this book if you are an emerging Homeland security or Emergency Management professional.

Contact Me:

If you read the book and have scrolled down this far you may e-mail me at for questions (Subject line : Downwind Walk Question).  I am also glad to meet people at Ground Zero and discuss the events  of 9/11.  Of course we can talk over pizza. 🙂




Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

9/11 Museum 5K Walk/Run – Call to Action


Check out the  5K Walk/Run  facebook Event:

I invite you to take the Downwind Walk with me again. I am Walking/Running to honor Paramedic Teri Rahilly. My former student is a great medic who is suffering from Wegener’s disease from 9/11/01. Teri gets dialysis and has no income. TERI WANTS TO SEE HER SON GRADUATE THE US MARINE BOOT CAMP ON APRIL 20, 2016.  I am donating all the money made from my book The Downwind Walk, between now and March 17th to Teri Rahilly.My goal is to sell 500 books to raise $2,500 for Teri and her mom to go to Paris Island and See her son in the Paris Island Graduation Ceremony. The Downwind Walk is available on Amazon.     CLICK HERE to purchase DWW


Come walk or buy the book for Teri. We need to care for our own as well as our patients. if you have already read the book, The Downwind Walk, makes a great present. I can reach this goal easily if each of you buys 2 books. PLEASE repost this event.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Twin Towers, As They Were Before 9/11Animation

I found this animation of the Twin Towers as they were before 9/11.  The animation features the architects who designed the building and the intent of the design features.

Loss is a terrible thing.  This we love are always in our heart, they a part of everything we do. The problem is not remembering 9/11, the problem is how do we move forward?  I think the way to move forward is to honor those we lost in our dedication, generosity and service to others.

What do you think?

Posted in Urban Search and Rescue | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Three Best Friends and September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001 I responded to Ground Zero as part of a Urban Search and Rescue Team.  During the events of the day we were exposed to what was  some of the most extreme hazards EMS has ever been faced with. When I speak at EMS conferences around the country providers ask me, “How did you survive in good health when so many providers where killed and continue to die from exposure at Ground Zero?”  There are several reasons I survived and am still healthy. I owe my survival to my training and equipment I was provided.

Being part of NYTF-1 FEMA USAR Team I was afforded the best training and the proper equipment for the response to Ground Zero. we were trained how to operate at the scene of a building collapse and how to work with Haz Mat environment.  we were also provided with filtration masks on the afternoon of September 11, 2001.

During the course of my EMS career we have been trained in the importance of scene safety and body substance isolation (BSI).  This training, equipment and habit of hand washing and protecting ourselves from disease helped preserve our health.

My Three Best Friends

I teach students and EMS providers that my three best friends are time distance and shielding. We learned these principles of safety at the Terrorism Awareness Course that was given at the EMS academy.  By Minimizing your Time exposed to a hazard, maximizing your Distance and using the best Shielding available you can stay safe at Terrorist incidents and Mass Casualty responses.

In a future post I will detail my rules To Live and Survive By for MCI response.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment