Paul Michael Beyer, Firefighter

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On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. The first attack came at 8:48 a.m. when a hijacked airliner crashed into the North Tower. Numerous FDNY units witnessed the attack and a third alarm assignment was immediately dispatched. Upon their arrival at the incident scene, the focus of the firefighters’ efforts was the rescue of civilians trapped in the burning tower. At 9:02 a.m., a second hijacked airliner struck the South Tower. Firefighters immediately began to climb to the upper floors of the second tower to evacuate trapped civilians. At 9:50 a.m., the South Tower collapsed, killing scores of firefighters. The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m., killing many more. 341 FDNY firefighters were killed, from the Chief of Department to probationary firefighters with less than a month on the job.

Department information

Fire Department City of New York
9 Metro Tech Center

Brooklyn, New York 11201

Chief: Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen

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Paul Michael Beyer was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: September 11, 2001 09:50
Date of death: September 11, 2001
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office